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

Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

AL | 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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shirley Booth was 60 years old when she played the part of Dolly Levi in this film. Her age was more appropriate for the character of a middle-aged widow than Barbra Streisand who took the part in the musical remake Hello, Dolly! (1969) 11 years later. Streisand was only 27 at the time. See more »

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

Quotes

[Stack finds a purse full of money - the one lost by Mr. Vandergelder, but Stack thinks it was lost by Cornelius]
Malachi Stack: You surprised that I want to get rid of this money so quickly? Well, I'll explain it to you: There was a time in my life that my chief interest was picking up money that didn't belong to me. Now, stealin's a weakness. There's some people who say you shouldn't have no weaknesses at all... no vices. But, if a man has no vices he's in great danger of making vices out of his virtues. ...
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Good Paradigm Eclipsed by Remake
17 December 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Just saw this film for the first time recently, and became absorbed with the comparison to "Hello Dolly." Now I see that not only is "Dolly" a great film, but one of the few examples of a very successful remake. This is especially rare when a film is adapted to a musical format. "Dolly" seemed to follow the script of "Matchmaker" very closely, but did a much better job of putting it across. It added umph where it belonged, really bringing out the many choice morsels of the story. "Matchmaker" seems stagy by comparison and actually a rather mechanical run-through. I know its actors are veterans and some in the same vehicle, but they lack the edge in this presentation of the fresher and sharper "Dolly" cast. The material begged for the snap that "Dolly" gave it. "Matchmaker" is a good enough movie, but "Dolly" really sings (even when there's no music).


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