MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,860 this week

The Matchmaker (1958)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 708 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 9 critic

Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Related News

Hello, Dolly!
| Sky Movies

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 936 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
a list of 4703 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 09 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 61 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 1271 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Matchmaker" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Matchmaker (1958)

The Matchmaker (1958) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Matchmaker.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sophie and Otto Bentwood are set in their ways. And unsettled in their hearts. They're Desperate Characters, trapped in a marriage that no longer works... yet unable to break free. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Frank D. Gilroy
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars, Sada Thompson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: René Clément
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Anthony Perkins, Richard Conte
The Sheepman (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen
Can-Can (1960)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her night club. Her employees use their female... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier
Certificate: M Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The... See full summary »

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Richard Attenborough, James Booth
My Geisha (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shirley MacLaine, Edmon Ryan
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine
Two Loves (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

American Anna Vorontosov teaches in a rural school on New Zealand's North Island. Her class of younger students is comprised largely of Maoris. She feels that western methods are not the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey, Jack Hawkins
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Perry Wilson ...
Wallace Ford ...
Russell Collins ...
Rex Evans ...
August
Gavin Gordon ...
Torben Meyer ...
Alex, Headwaiter, Harmonica Club
Orangey ...
Himself - a Cat (as Rhubarb)
Edit

Storyline

It's 1884 in Yonkers, New York. Dolly Gallagher-Levi is a Jane-of-all-Trades, but her latest and most lucrative venture is as a matchmaker, setting men up with women with the intention of matrimony. This job is ironic as she was previously married herself, not enjoying the experience. Her latest client is older penny-pinching retail store owner, Horace Vandergelder, who works his two young meek clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, to the bone. As Horace won't give them a day off, Cornelius and Barnaby plot to close the store and sneak into New York for the day, their mission to meet and kiss a girl. In New York, Cornelius spots Irene Molloy, a young female milliner upon who he sets his sights. On their meeting, Cornelius is unaware that she is also one of Horace's possible brides. Beyond what happens between Horace, Cornelius and Irene, Dolly herself may be ready for matrimony again despite her words to the contrary. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll Laugh...You'll Love...

Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 August 1959 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Die Heiratsvermittlerin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Perry Wilson, who plays Minnie, was married to director Joseph Anthony. See more »

Goofs

As he's preparing to leave Vandergelder's store, Joe Scanlon refers to Mr. Vandergelder as Mr. Handergelder. See more »

Quotes

Irene Molloy: Mr. Vandergelder is a substantial man they tell me, and very well-liked.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, he's a lovely man.
Irene Molloy: And a large circle of friends.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, yes indeed. Five or six.
Barnaby Tucker: Five.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Ties: Matchmaker (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Matchmaker, Match Thyself
21 February 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After a lifetime of arranging couplings for others Dolly Levi has decided it's time that she settle down with somebody. Her target in her sights is merchant Horace Vandergelder in turn of the last century Yonkers, New York. Of course Horace the old goat is looking at young Irene Molloy. What to do, especially since his young clerk Cornelius Hackl has eyes for her also.

Shirley Booth who originated many parts on the Broadway stage, but had few screen credits up to that time takes over the role that Ruth Gordon played on stage in the 1955-1957 season for 481 performances. Another Shirley named MacLaine with few screen credits at that point to her name plays young Irene.

And the object of all this fuss is potbellied old Paul Ford giving one of his patented bellowing performances. It was interesting to read how Ford had come to the acting profession rather late in life. He certainly is ham enough that you wonder why didn't do this all of his life. Ford had just completed a four year run as the harried and harassed Colonel Hall, object of many of Sergeant Bilko's con games in the Phil Silvers Show. For most of his career Ford was a blusterer whether here or in The Music Man or Never Too Late. He looked a lot like Edgar Kennedy, but his boiling point was always quickly reached.

Anthony Perkins who really did other things besides Norman Bates in Psycho is just fine as the wistful young clerk at Ford's mercantile and he's partnered in his adventures by young Robert Morse who repeated his stage role as Barnaby Tucker.

Of course most know The Matchmaker as the basis for Hello Dolly and seeing it now is like seeing Shaw's Pygmalion which for better or worse is now known as My Fair Lady without the songs. Still The Matchmaker is fun to watch for the nostalgically inclined.


23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why wasn't The Matchmaker in color? stepale-1
Great - even with no songs lightkeeper-1
Lucille Ball? piface1
Dolly's age bambi3186
Discuss The Matchmaker (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?