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Hello, Dolly! (1969)

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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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Gene Kelly

Writers:

Michael Stewart (book), Thornton Wilder (based on "The Matchmaker" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbra Streisand ... Dolly Levi
Walter Matthau ... Horace Vandergelder
Michael Crawford ... Cornelius Hackl
Marianne McAndrew ... Irene Molloy
Danny Lockin Danny Lockin ... Barnaby Tucker
E.J. Peaker ... Minnie Fay
Joyce Ames Joyce Ames ... Ermengarde
Tommy Tune ... Ambrose Kemper
Judy Knaiz Judy Knaiz ... Gussie Granger
David Hurst ... Rudolph Reisenweber
Fritz Feld ... Rudolph's Assistant
Richard Collier ... Vandergelder's Barber
J. Pat O'Malley ... Policeman in Park
Louis Armstrong ... Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Lehman's Production of Hello, Dolly! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$221,204, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$400,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,881
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (35 mm prints)| DTS 70 mm (70mm re-release)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Hello Dolly!" opened at the St. James Theater on January 16, 1964 and ran for 2844 performances, setting a Broadway longevity record. "Hello Dolly!" also won the 1964 Tony Award for the Best Musical and Best Score. The original Broadway production is the nineteenth longest running show ever as of February, 2013. See more »

Goofs

During the Harmonia Gardens scenes, the waiters are carrying trays that have small handles. The handles disappear and then reappear numerous times during the scene. See more »

Quotes

Horace: It takes a woman all powdered and pink to joyously clean out the drain in the sink!
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Alternate Versions

There are two alternate takes during the number Before The Parade Passes By. They occur as Dolly Levi (played by Barbra Streisand) is running down the garden path to see the parade and is singing the line "Before the Parade Passes by".In the 35mm prints which were sent to movie theaters after the roadshow engagements, Dolly almost loses her hat while running. This was used for the home video version. The 70mm prints have a different take, in which Dolly did not have any hat problems. This was used for the DVD version. See more »


Soundtracks

Elegance
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by Bob Merrill (uncredited) and Jerry Herman
Performed by Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew (dubbed by Melissa Stafford), Danny Lockin and E.J. Peaker
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Somewhat overblown musical, but still excellent and entertaining
20 January 2006 | by DennisJOBrienSee all my reviews

This film was certainly beautiful to look at and listen to. I was lucky to see it in 70 mm during its initial roadshow release. It was one of the few movies to have the negative actually filmed in 70 mm, rather than having the standard 35 mm merely blown up to 70 mm for the roadshow. "The Sound of Music" was another picture originally filmed in 70 mm, and we all know how beautiful the cinematography was in that. Sadly, the high cost of 70 mm has essentially ended the use of that type of film format.

"Hello, Dolly!" deserved the Oscars it won, such as musical direction, sound, and art direction-set design. About 15 years ago I stopped in the riverside village of Garrison, New York, to see where it was partially filmed. The real building that was adapted into Vandergelder's Hay & Feed was still there at the time, and "Vandergelder" was etched on the window pane from its use in the film. The bridge over the railway tracks is still there.

As much as I like the film as a whole, it does have some problems that could have been easily corrected. The early scene with Walter Matthau and Tommy Tune arguing over Ermengarde is overly dramatic and simply too theatrical. It might have been fine on Broadway, but the genre of cinema requires a bit of toning down. I blame this purely on Gene Kelly, the director, who should have known better. He is the one who is supposed to sense the pacing and delivery of lines. I get the impression he was trying to speed things up, knowing that there is a lot to fit into the picture. The screenplay was naturally required to closely follow the original material, but it could have been simplified a bit without sacrificing anything important. An example of this is the endless number of times that the audience is reminded that the main characters are going "to New York" by train. Once was enough.

Still, the music and choreography are superb, and carry the picture. Not everyone in it can sing as beautifully as Barbra Streisand, but it succeeds nonetheless. The number "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" is one of Hollywood's golden moments in terms of production quality. I have seen Carol Channing do the stage version and she was great, but I also feel that Barbra Streisand was perfectly adequate here. She can sing better than Ms. Channing and has real star quality.

If you visit the interesting Hudson River area of New York state, you will be warmly reminded of the scenic beauty in "Hello, Dolly!" Drop by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to take the public tour and you will see the magnificent setting where the final wedding scene was done, minus the church of course.


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