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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.

Director:

Gene Kelly

Writers:

Michael Stewart (book), Thornton Wilder (based on "The Matchmaker" by) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$33,136,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

In the original musical, Vandergelder was supposed to crash a dance number called "Be My Butterfly," after which he was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. Dolly visits him in his holding cell at the courthouse, and this is where she sings "So Long, Dearie." For the movie, that number was dropped, and Dolly sings "So Long, Dearie" at the train station. See more »

Goofs

During the dancing lesson that Dolly gives Barnaby, Irene and Minnie return from changing their clothes and Minnie Fay's dress alternates repeatedly from full-length to three-quarter-length until they all dance out the door. See more »

Quotes

Cornelius Hackl: Smile Barnaby.
Barnaby Tucker: [forcing a smile] I'm smiling.
Cornelius Hackl: Look rich, gay, and charming.
Barnaby Tucker: [a small beat] I'm looking gay and charming.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Just Leave Everything To Me
(1964) (uncredited)
Written by Jerry Herman
Performed by Barbra Streisand and Chorus
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You all are wearing me out.
28 February 2003 | by ballywhoooSee all my reviews

Perhaps... just perhaps... Gene Kelly INTENTIONALLY cast Barbara Streisand as a younger, more sexual Dolly rather than the older version because he thought it would make more money... obviously wrong, but nonetheless an interesting strategy. I don't remember much of that time (late 60's) but I do remember seeing the movie with my mother at a drive-in way back then, and then catching a commercial-ridden version on a local TV station in the 80's after I had significantly fallen in love with Babs by way of Yentl. I believe, if I remember correctly, that Rudy's line at the Harmonia Gardens says that Dolly has not made an appearance there in over 2 years (not 20, not 40, not 50)... Let's assume that Ephraim died some 2 years ago and Dolly in despair cut herself out of her old life. Even at 27 (Babs age at the time), she could have been widowed at 25, which at the turn of the century would have been about 7 years of marriage for most ladies... How long did she have to have been married to qualify as "experienced". She purposefully picks on Horace because she has decided not to look for another "love of her life," but rather has chosen to affect someone who is bound to spend his life alone (like she has been facing) and make something more of his life than he alone could have done. Remember she even says in her prayer to Ephraim "Oh it won't be a marriage in the sense that we had one..." Get off the "She's too young" kick and look at the movie for what it is... a big, splashy, excellent produced bit of Americana. Movie musicals will never be this audaciously classy and clever ever again.


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