Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  16 December 1969 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

16 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hello Dolly  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$9,000,000 (USA)

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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)| (70mm re-release)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Twentieth Century Fox had agreed to theatrical impresario David Merrick's stipulation that their film could not be released whilst the Broadway production was still running. As the show was nearing its fourth year on stage by the time filming got under way, it was assumed that it would have closed by the time the movie was ready for release. However, Merrick then replaced his stage actors with an all-black cast led by Pearl Bailey, an acclaimed move which invigorated the theatre box-office considerably. As a result, the finished film spent a year gathering dust in Fox's vaults, and only got released after Fox had come to a lavish financial arrangement with Merrick so that he would waive his stipulation. This added to the film's already huge cost and helped make it an even bigger flop. The stage show ran for some seven years, long after the film's original release. See more »


In Harmonia Gardens, after Cornelius says that he is "Gonna become a honest man and tell the truth," he puts the bottle on the table and goes to sit near Irene, holding the drinking cup. When he sits down the drinking cup has disappeared. See more »


Dolly Levi: [singing] It takes a woman to quietly plan to take him and change him to her kind of man and to gently lead him where fortune can find him and not let him know that the power behind him was that dainty woman, that fragile woman, that sweetheart, that mistress, that wife.
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Referenced in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) See more »


Call on Dolly
Written by Jerry Herman
Performed by Barbra Streisand, Chorus
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I'd kinda like to see Barbra do this role now
17 October 2003 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

The miscasting of Barbra Streisand is an interesting topic of discussion regarding this movie. She's way too young, as everyone else has said; despite slight changes to the script and giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, it's silly to think that a woman in her mid twenties would have built up both the social contacts and worldly sangfroid that the character possesses. That said, however, she does about as well as anyone could ask playing a role she was 3 decades too young for. The animosity between Barbra and Walter Matthau is another problem--they have no chemistry together whatsoever. While his annoyance with her at the beginning is believable, the turnabout at the end comes across completely false. Fortunately, the movie has many other charms to make up for that central problem.

My favorite part of the movie, and the heart of the film, is the "courtship" of Cornelius & Irene and Barnaby & Minnie Fay. Michael Crawford and the late Danny Lockin are absolutely adorable as Cornelius and Barnaby. The "Dancing" and "Elegance" numbers and the dinner scene at the Harmonia Gardens are worth the price of admission alone. Barbra plays better with the rest of the cast too; she's more believable as a "woman of the world" when she's with the younger cast members. The production design is wonderful as well. While the movie was outrageously expensive for its time, just about every dollar is visible on screen. The claustrophobic musicals they've made since the Seventies really look deficient when compared to the wide-open dance scenes and crowd shots in classic musicals like this one.

All in all, Hello, Dolly has much to offer. It's not the best musical ever made by a long shot, but it's undeniably fun to watch. It would be fun to see Barbra play the role now that she's a more appropriate age for it. Unfortunately, she doesn't do musicals anymore. Maybe Tyne Daly would take the part.

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