Sun 1/12 @ 3:15PM
The 1960 romantic musical film Bells Are Ringing, starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin and directed by Vincente Minnelli, was based on the 1956 Broadway show, also starring the gifted comic actress/singer Holliday, a relatively rare time when Hollywood didn’t opt for a better known name. In it, she plays a switchboard operator for an answering service (that’ll take some explaining to today’s audiences!) who assumes different personas to become involved in the lives of clients. They include a playwright (played by Martin) under pressure to complete a play after his writing partner. When she pitches in to help him out, guess who falls in love?
The musical produced such standards as “Just in Time,” “Long Before I Knew You” and “The Party’s Over,” penned by Jule Styne with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The film will screen at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, in a co-presentation with The Musical Theater Project. TMTP artistic director Bill Rudman and Cinematheque Director John Ewing will offer a pre-screening introduction and a post-film discussion, sharing their knowledge of film musicals and where Bells Are Ringing fits into this rich history.
Tickets are $15, $10 for Cinematheque and TMTP members, CIA and CSU ID holders and those under 25.