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Thornton Wilder (play)
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 June 1959 (UK) See more »
You'll Laugh...You'll Love...
Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Shirley Booth ... Dolly 'Gallagher' Levi

Anthony Perkins ... Cornelius Hackl

Shirley MacLaine ... Irene Molloy

Paul Ford ... Horace Vandergelder

Robert Morse ... Barnaby Tucker
Perry Wilson ... Minnie Fay

Wallace Ford ... Malachi Stack

Russell Collins ... Joe Scanlon
Rex Evans ... August

Gavin Gordon ... Rudolph

Torben Meyer ... Alex, Headwaiter, Harmonica Club

Orangey ... Himself - a Cat (as Rhubarb)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Blake ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Peggy Connelly ... Ernestina Simple (uncredited)
Lorinne Crawford ... Younger Beauty (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Patron at Harmonica Club (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Patron at Harmonica Club (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Sandra Giles ... Older Beauty (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Patron at Harmonica Club (uncredited)

Jon Lormer ... Mr. Duckworth, Jeweler (uncredited)
Arthur Lovejoy ... Doorman (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Patron at Harmonica Club (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Virginia Whitmire ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Anthony 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (play)

John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Don Hartman .... producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles Lang jr)
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Casting by
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Sam Comer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hedy Mjorud .... wigs (uncredited)
Joe Stinton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman jr)
Lloyd Allen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cy Brooskin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... painter (uncredited)
Vern Bain .... props (uncredited)
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Tom Hadley .... small boom operator (uncredited)
Rocky Nelson .... sound boom operator (uncredited)
Glen Porter .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ted Wasserman .... sound cableman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Carroll .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Warren Hoag .... electrician (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Rogers .... best boy (uncredited)
Gus Ryden .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alice Moriarty .... secretary: casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grace Harris .... costumes: ladies
John Noble .... costumes: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Troy Sanders .... musical advisor (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
William Ross .... dialogue coach
Bob Adams .... craft service (uncredited)
Gloria Baumohl .... director's secretary (uncredited)
Robert E. Blair .... trainer: Rhubarb (uncredited)
Lindsay Durand .... publicist (uncredited)
Ilsa Newman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The stage version of "The Matchmaker" opened in New York on December 5, 1955 at the Royale Theatre and closed on February 2, 1957 at the Booth Theatre. Ruth Gordon starred as Dolly Levi and Loring Smith as Horace Vandergelder. Robert Morse as Barnaby Tucker was the only actor to reprise his role in the movie version.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As he's preparing to leave Vandergelder's store, Joe Scanlon refers to Mr. Vandergelder as Mr. Handergelder.See more »
Dolly "Gallagher" Levi:[after the two clerks emerge from under a table] Good heavens, who else is under there?See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Superb package, 28 December 2000
Author: jaykay-10

Do you like situation comedy? How about clever dialogue? Do the elements of classic farce make you laugh? Many a film has sustained itself on one of the foregoing. In "The Matchmaker," you get all three. The picture is perfectly cast, with the peerless (though by now, nearly forgotten) Shirley Booth as a sly but gentle, voracious but sweet, determined yet vulnerable Dolly. Paul Ford huffs and puffs in his characteristic manner, without overplaying. Anthony Perkins reminds us of his versatility with this twinkle-in-the-eye triumph in romantic comedy. A young Shirley MacLaine is simply adorable. Too bad the talented Robert Morse has so little to do, but with such a strong cast in more prominent roles, he had to save his elfin hijinks for another day.

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