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Posted October 1, 2010
Judy Holliday's 1956 broadway version
Judy Holliday as an operator at a telephone anwering service. Judy was charming, versatile and talented in the role of Ella. With timeless elements of slapstick and realistic romantic longing, the musical is none-the-less truly dated in the wake of the technological innovations of the past half century. A younger audience may need to have the concept of answering services explained to them. Another example of similar dating of material is the video Pillow Talk with it's "party lines". Still both are worth the time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Holliday is paired opposite Sydney Chaplin. Chaplin has neither the vocal range nor appeal of Dean Martin who played opposite Holliday in the movie version. If you can choose only one version of the musical, go with the movie soundtrack. The casting of Dean Martin and Eddie Foy make that version superior.