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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

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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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Ernest Lehman's Production of Hello, Dolly!  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,000,000 (USA)
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(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm prints)| (70mm re-release)

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2.35 : 1
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Hello, Dolly! was the most expensive musical ever produced at the time of the film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Horace joins Dolly at her table, she spoons a great deal of food onto his plate, including lots of beets, but when the camera angle changes to behind Horace, there is very little food on his plate and no beets are there. See more »

Quotes

Horace: You are a disgrace to Yonkers!
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Referenced in Small Soldiers (1998) See more »

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Finale
(Medley) (1964) (uncredited)
Written by Jerry Herman
1. "Put on Your Sunday Clothes"
Performed by Tommy Tune, Joyce Ames and the Company
2. "Dancing"
Performed by Danny Lockin, E.J. Peaker and the Company
3. "It Only Takes a Moment"
Performed by Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew (dubbed by Melissa Stafford) and the Company
4. "It Takes a Woman"
Performed by Walter Matthau and the Men
5. "Hello, Dolly!"
Performed by Barbra Streisand with Walter Matthau and the Company
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Put on your Sunday Clothes
30 October 2007 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This gargantuan musical was the last of its kind. It's like a dinosaur ear-marked for extinction and yet it's highly entertaining. Parts of it are terrible, (mostly those scenes in which Babs doesn't appear), and Gene Kelly's direction is never as light on its feet as his dancing used to be but when the aforementioned Miss Striesand is on screen, the movie soars. Critics complained that at 27 she was much too young for the part of Dolly Levi but she's a bona-fide star, so what the heck; her Dolly is ageless and as musical-comedy performances go this is one of the best.

The Jerry Herman score is decidedly old-fashioned Broadway. Sondheim may be the greater composer but Herman gave us tunes we could hum and the production numbers here are terrific, in particular the title song which gives us Striesand, high-kicking waiters and Louis Armstrong. Purists will always prefer the Joseph Anthony version of Thornton Wilder's original play "The Matchmaker" but this is no disgrace, so put on your Sunday clothes and let's have a whale of a time.


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