Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1960 • United States
Starring Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark
Making her final film appearance, Judy Holliday reprises the role for which she won a Tony on Broadway in this musical charmer directed by Vincente Minnelli. Working in a small Manhattan telephone-answering service, operator Ella Peterson (Holliday) gets to know the details of her clients’ lives, and can’t stop herself from getting involved in her own inimical, dizzy, sweet way. Ella’s latest heartthrob is the voice on the other end of Plaza 0-4433, playboy playwright Jeffrey Moss (Dean Martin), who’s in danger of becoming an alcoholic if he can’t come up with a plot for his new play. Now, if there’s one thing Ella has a lot of, it’s stories. But how will Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor feel about the woman with the kind telephone voice when he meets her in person?