Friday, April 19, 2013

Dean Martin really gets to act in this one

Hey pallies, likes I simply loves findin' more and more blog pads spreadin' the Dino-message, and likes today we 'gain turn to a new-to-ilovedinomartin blog where the name of our Dino is bein' lifted up.  The blog is tagged "Java's Journey," and it forte is  "exploring classic movies."

Now likes many many of our most beloved Dino's flicks are truly truly classic, but the particular Dino big screen event that Java's blogger has chosen to lift up is a particular Dino-fav of this Dino-holic.....our Dino's only big-screen Broadway musicale......"Bells Are Ringing."  The scriber of the prose below gives five fabulous reasons why their readership oughta watch "Bells," and likes I gotta say they are all great reasons to view this great flick.

Of course any Dino-philes primary reason to catch "Bells Are Ringing" is 'cause it showcases our great man's great talents likes to the max...singin', actin', and dancin' simply simply perfectly.  But, likes add to that that our Dino plays oppostive Miss Judy Holliday and likes what coulda be more wonderful!  As the blogger states,  "so we see Holliday and Martin - two great comic actors - do their thing together."

ilovedinomartin salutes "Java's Journey" for creatin' such a great post of proses and pixs to hightlight the many many pleasures of this very very classic Dino-musical...sure to bring many of their readers into the Dino-fold.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram.  Dino-devotedly, DMP

5 Reasons to Watch Bells are Ringing (1960)-A Minnelli Comedy starring Dean Martin and Judy Holliday

A switchboard operator for an answering service delves into the lives of her company’s subscribers. Watch this comedy for 5 reasons.

1.      It's a Betty Comden-Adolph Green story adapted from their Broadway hit, so you know it's going to be quirky. Lyrics and dialogue are clever enough to bear repeat viewings.

2.      Judy Holliday as Ella the switchboard operator is so amiable that you automatically like anyone that she befriends. She helps each phone subscriber find the particular help s/he needs. One subscriber wants to mate her female Siamese cat and Ella tells her about another subscriber who has a male Siamese cat. The two subscribers end up married. She helps everyone in this way when she’s only supposed to give and take messages.Ella could get into trouble.

3.      Director Vincente Minnelli works his artistic eye even on a fairly pedestrian story where you’d think there would be nothing beautiful to see. From the giant posters on the walls of an actor’s hangout to the perfectly-placed people at a party who seem like figurines on a wedding cake, Minnelli (director of GigiAn American in Paris, etc.) finds beautyeverywhere.

4.      Dean Martin really gets to act in this one as the Broadway writer whose partner leaves him. He’s faced with creating stage hits alone and fears he’ll never make it. (This storyline echoes the real life Martin & Lewis split.) He’s also one of Ella’s answering service subscribers, so we see Holliday and Martin –two great comic actors- do their thing together.

5.      The music. Comden and Green  can get a little silly with their songs. In a subplot, an underground gambling operation uses a music company as its front.  The Comden and Green  team makes them sing their crazy coded messages in a sewer (“Who is Handel? Hialeah! Hialeah! ”). However, when these librettists design a lovely ballad, it drips with the best kind of sentiment. “The Party’s Over,” a very popular song covered by many great artists, including Nat Cole, was written for this story. My favorite song is “Better Than a Dream,” which our two stars sing in counterpart after one of the most eccentric meetcutes ever on film. It's also hilarious that one of the songs which was cut from the film -"Is It a Crime?"- can be heard in the score as Ella trespasses into a subscriber's apartment.

This is just a great movie, a true classic. Why do you enjoy Bells are Ringing?


Always On Watch said...

Obviously, diehard Dino fan that I am, I enjoy this film because our Dino is in it.

But I also love this film because of the wonderful tunes. Bells Are Ringing is an excellent stage musical in its own right.

Song list HERE.

As for the film, note THIS:

Comden and Green won the Writers Guild of America award for Best American Musical. Together with Styne, they shared a Grammy Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or TV. Minnelli earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America. André Previn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, I am total agreement with you...and as I have mentioned I am a huge fan of Miss Judy this makes this classic Dino-flick even more special to me. Keeps lovin' our Dino!

Always On Watch said...

Judy Holliday was a brilliant light. Such a pity that she died so young!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW those are wise words spoken by a wise woman...Miss Judy is such a delight....very very funny, and so so gifted to our Dino, she may be favorite entertainer...and thus bein' able to enjoy her and our most beloved Dino in the same big screen effort is purely purely magic! Keeps lovin' our Dino!