One year, one film: 1960 – Bells Are Ringing

One year, one film: 1960 The film: Bells Are Ringing, dir. Vincente Minnelli Starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See When you blend one masterful musical director, one member of the Rat Pack, one very lovable lead actress, and a song name-dropping a gaggle of classic Hollywood stars, you get this: Bells Are Ringing, a delightful film from 1960. … Continue reading One year, one film: 1960 – Bells Are Ringing

Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Reviewin’ the Box: Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime What’s in the box?: A single disc including including musical performances from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. These performances come from a 1962 televised special. Packaging: This DVD, released by KULTUR, comes in a standard plastic case. The cover design is simple, but nice. The back cover could use more pizazz but … Continue reading Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Netflix Instant Pick #7 – Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) is a very fun comedy, almost as lovable as its star, Dean Martin. Martin portrays an exaggerated version of himself: a womanizing singer named Dino (no surprise there) who gets stuck in a small town with car trouble. A local songwriting duo plots to try to get him to pick up one of their songs. With the help of a call … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick #7 – Kiss Me, Stupid

Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Bells Are Ringing (1960): 4/5 Bells Are Ringing starts off with what could be a fabulous parody of advertising. However, I’m not sure whether it would have been received that way in 1960 or whether that was the film’s intention. What follows is a delightful but somewhat typical romantic musical. Judy Holliday stars as a switchboard operator Ella. Ella works for a service that takes … Continue reading Bells Are Ringing (1960)