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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

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A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock ... See full summary »

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A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City. In New York, she fixes Vandergelder's clerks up with the woman Vandergelder had been courting, and her shop assistant (Dolly has designs of her own on Mr. Vandergelder, you see). Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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16 December 1969 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000 (USA)
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The train car shown in the final shot of "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" is from the Strasburg Rail Road, an active steam museum short line still in existence. The "Hello Dolly" car is open to the public. See more »

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During the opening credits, a scene shows the Train passing a boat on the river. The boat clearly has an exhaust funnel and is pumping out bilge water. The film is set in 1890, and diesel engines for boats didn't exist until 1897, and electric bilge pumps weren't common on many boats until the 1940s (the were more commonly used on large naval/merchant vessels). See more »

Quotes

Horace: You are a seven-foot-tall nincompoop!
Ambrose Kemper: That's an insult!
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Hello, Dolly!
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by Jerry Herman
Performed by Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, and the Waiters
Reprised by Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand
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Still sadly underrated; a GREAT musical
19 March 1999 | by (Conneaut, OH) – See all my reviews

It was fashionable to bash this film when it came out in 1969, and reviews remain - at best - mediocre. I've always found the hostility baffling. I loved the film the first time I saw it, and my appreciation remains undimmed after several viewings. The production is gorgeous (what awesome set design is displayed in the Harmonia Gardens and Central Park set pieces!); and the musical arrangements and choreography are first-rate. Note when Dolly tells Cornelius Hackl in the hat shop "Just give me five minutes, Mr. Hackl, and I'll have you dancing in the streets." She's as good as her word, and the ensuing sequence - with dancers leap-frogging over one another and throwing themselves off park benches into their beaus' arms - leaves you staring at the screen with an open mouth. Few of the principal actors could dance, but the hyper-kinetic Danny Lockin (playing Barnaby Tucker) is a joy to watch. I love it when he hops repeatedly over a bicycle before catching Minnie in his arms and riding off with her! Streisand and Matthau - personal animosity aside - make a wonderful couple. Their dialogue has a quality of one-upmanship that really tickles the viewer. One drawback to the film is that it typically plays on television shorn of its wide-screen format - a decision that ruins many of the compositions, especially in musical numbers. When I was a boy, I couldn't understand how the cinematographer got an Oscar nomination when he kept chopping actors on the end of a row out of the frame! Streisand's singing is to die for. It's amazing how she handles the first bars (repeating the single word "Good-bye") as she bids "So long, dearie," to Vandergelder. On the other hand, it's disorienting to hear Michael Crawford, now a superstar for his performance in "Phantom of the Opera," open his mouth and produce that grating, timorous little voice. I've always wondered, does he sing like that on purpose as part of the role. (It's probably just how Cornelius would sound in real life.)

All in all, the film's a true "10." One of the all-time great Hollywood musicals. Great score, marvellous cast, crackerjack production.


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