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The Matchmaker (1958)

Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman.

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Rex Evans ... August
Gavin Gordon ... Rudolph
Torben Meyer ... Alex, Headwaiter, Harmonica Club
Orangey ... Himself - a Cat (as Rhubarb)
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Storyline

It's 1884 in Yonkers, New York. Dolly Gallagher-Levi is a Jane-of-all-Trades, but her latest and most lucrative venture is as a matchmaker, setting men up with women with the intention of matrimony. This job is ironic as she was previously married herself, not enjoying the experience. Her latest client is older penny-pinching retail store owner, Horace Vandergelder, who works his two young meek clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, to the bone. As Horace won't give them a day off, Cornelius and Barnaby plot to close the store and sneak into New York for the day, their mission to meet and kiss a girl. In New York, Cornelius spots Irene Molloy, a young female milliner upon who he sets his sights. On their meeting, Cornelius is unaware that she is also one of Horace's possible brides. Beyond what happens between Horace, Cornelius and Irene, Dolly herself may be ready for matrimony again despite her words to the contrary. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

You'll Laugh...You'll Love...

Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Heiratsvermittlerin See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Anthony Perkins' character dresses up in a woman's housecoat and hat, an interesting precursor to his most famous role - Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) - which at this point was two years away. See more »

Goofs

As he's preparing to leave Vandergelder's store, Joe Scanlon refers to Mr. Vandergelder as Mr. Handergelder. See more »

Quotes

Irene Molloy: Mr. Vandergelder is a substantial man they tell me, and very well-liked.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, he's a lovely man.
Irene Molloy: And a large circle of friends.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, yes indeed. Five or six.
Barnaby Tucker: Five.
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Charming and truly funny!
18 November 2000 | by jann-6See all my reviews

This movie is a truly funny comedy. I'm not sure why it isn't more well-known. The entire cast is great, particularly Shirley Booth and Anthony Perkins. The dialogue is hilarious, and it's interesting how the major players "break the fourth wall" throughout the film. The basic premise: Shirley Booth is a professional matchmaker who decides she wants to marry her latest client (Paul Ford) herself. Meanwhile, Anthony Perkins is interested in Shirley MacLaine, who is simply interested in getting married. The result is a lot of deception, but the characters are all so nice and likeable that you can't help but root for them all. The next time you're in the mood for a classic comedy, try this one.


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