The 1960 M-G-M film, "Bells Are Ringing," based on the Broadway musical of the same name, gets a CD soundtrack re-release from DRG Records May 21, with Dean Martin and Judy Holliday singing.
Holliday created the role of Ella Peterson, the answering service operator who gets involved with her clients, on Broadway four years earlier and repeated the role for film. It would be her final picture before cancer felled her. Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the book and lyrics; Jule Styne wrote the score. Late in the run of the show, a counterpoint-duet song called "Better Than a Dream" was added to the show, and was injected into the film.
The picture, directed by Vincente Minnelli, also featured Jean Stapleton and Frank Gorshin.
A sunny 2001 Broadway revival of the 1956 musical comedy did not catch on, despite Tony Award nominations for Best Revival (Musical) and Best Actress (Musical) for Faith Prince.
Cast albums of the original Broadway and revival productions are in stores, as well. The original production of Bells Are Ringing ran 924 performances, under the direction of Jerome Robbins. Robbins and Bob Fosse choreographed. Judy Holliday took home the Best Actress (Musical) Tony Award and Sydney Chaplin won the Best Featured Actor (Musical) Tony, playing Jeff Moss.
Musical numbers on the "Bells Are Ringing" soundtrack disc include:
- Overture (Orchestra and Chorus)
- "It's a Perfect Relationship" (Judy Holliday)
- "Do It Yourself" (Dean Martin)
- "It's a Simple Little System" (Eddie Foy, Jr., and Chorus)
- "Better Than a Dream" (Judy Holliday and Dean Martin)
- "I Met a Girl" (Dean Martin and Chorus)
- "Just in Time" (Dean Martin, Judy Holliday and Chorus)
- "Drop That Name" (Judy Holliday and Chorus)
- "The Party's Over" (Judy Holliday and Chorus)
- "The Midas Touch" (Hal Linden and Girls' Chorus)
- "I'm Going Back" (Judy Holliday)
- Finale (Orchestra and Chorus)