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* TelephoneSong: The song "A Perfect Relationship" is about how Ella has a crush on one of her clients. They can only hear each other's voices, too bad she put on an old woman voice to talk to him at first and is now stuck.


The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many people subscribe to telephone answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose phones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:

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The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance craze and many people subscribe to telephone answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose phones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:


The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers subscribe to telephone answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose phones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:

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The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers people subscribe to telephone answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose phones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:


The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers subscribe to answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose telephones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:

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The town is [[BigApplesauce New York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers subscribe to telephone answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose telephones phones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:


''Bells Are Ringing'' is a 1956 musical written by Creator/ComdenAndGreen, with music by Jule Styne.

The town is New York, and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers subscribe to answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose telephones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:

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''Bells Are are Ringing'' is a 1956 musical {{musical}} written by Creator/ComdenAndGreen, with music by Jule Styne.

The town is [[BigApplesauce New York, York]], and the time is the 1950s, when the cha-cha is the hottest dance and many New Yorkers subscribe to answering services such as Susanswerphone. Among the people whose telephones connect to Susanswerphone's switchboard are:


''Bells are Ringing'' is a 1956 musical written by Creator/ComdenAndGreen, with music by Jule Styne.

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''Bells are Are Ringing'' is a 1956 musical written by Creator/ComdenAndGreen, with music by Jule Styne.

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* MisspellingOutLoud: Ella, being threatened by Sandor and the Corvello henchmen, tries to tell them that the police are in pursuit:
-->'''Ella''' ''(to Sandor)'': Inspector Barnes!\\
'''Sandor''': Barnes?\\
'''Ella''': Barnz! B-A-R-N-Z!\\
'''Sandor''': Z?\\
'''Ella''': Z!! The whole thing was a trap. He was after you the whole time.


The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Creator/VincenteMinnelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.

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The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, Creator/JudyHolliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Creator/VincenteMinnelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.


The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Vincente Minelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.

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The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Vincente Minelli, Creator/VincenteMinnelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.


The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Creator/VincenteMinelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.

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The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Creator/VincenteMinelli, Vincente Minelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.


The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Vincente Minelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.

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The story was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely inspired by]] Adolph Green's answering service operator, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Printz Mary Printz]], who would go to extreme lengths to help her clients, far beyond just answering the phone. The musical was conceived as a star vehicle for Judy Holliday, who also appeared in a film version released in 1960, with Creator/DeanMartin as Jeffrey Moss. This film version, directed by Vincente Minelli, Creator/VincenteMinelli, was the last of the many movie musicals produced for Creator/{{MGM}} by Arthur Freed.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Answering services were largely replaced by answering machines in the '80s, and then replaced ''again'' by voicemail, so it's rare for people these days to know exactly what Ella's job ''is''.


--> '''Sandor:''' What is [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]?

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--> '''Sandor:''' What is [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]?


* ManOfAThousandVoices: * [[ManOfAThousandVoices Woman of a Thousand Voices]]: Ella, both out- and in-universe. Ella speaks in a wide range of accents, personalities, and characters in order to help her clients. For a woman whose son won't eat his vegetables, she pretends to be SantaClaus. For a French restaurant, she puts on a phony French accent. For struggling artist Jeffrey Moss ([[RunningGag Plaza 0-4433]]), she adopts the comforting voice of an elderly woman whom he can call Mom. Any actress who wants to portray Ella needs to have one hell of a vocal range.

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* ManOfAThousandVoices: * [[ManOfAThousandVoices Woman of a Thousand Voices]]: Ella, both out- and in-universe. Ella speaks in a wide range of accents, personalities, and characters in order to help her clients. For a woman whose son won't eat his vegetables, she pretends to be SantaClaus. For a French restaurant, she puts on a phony French accent. For struggling artist Jeffrey Moss ([[RunningGag Plaza 0-4433]]), she adopts the comforting voice of an elderly woman whom he can call Mom. Any actress who wants to portray Ella needs to have one hell of a vocal range.

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