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The Matchmaker

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Joseph Anthony

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About the Movie

In this early adaptation of Thornton Wilder's hit Broadway play, we meet matchmaker Dolly Levi (Shirley Booth), who is always good at arranging things primarily matrimonial and has now set her sights on the domestic affairs of one Mr. Vandergelder (Paul Ford), a cold-hearted local store owner. The difference this time, however, is that she plans to be the one to marry him! As Dolly plots and schemes her way into Vandergelder's heart, she brings Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Morse along for the ride and gives them a taste of cupid's arrow. Remade years later as the classic Hello Dolly!, this light-hearted romp will leave you laughing until the very end!

Customer Reviews

What a disappointment

It maintains for the most part the Hello Dolly theme, but if you are looking for the real thing and the full experience go for the play of the movie "Hello Dolly''. This movie lacks the music, the young and vibrant Dolly that I love in the movie Hello Dolly. Though if you have never seen the play this would be an okay introduction.

response to Playmill Addict

I thought this film was great. What the previous reviewer neglected to mention is that Hello Dolly, the musical and the movie, was actually based off of Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker. This film was a great adaptation of the original script, but if you are looking for a movie musical this is not the one for you.

Shirley Booth was Dolly Levi

I saw this movie well before "Hello, Dolly!" became a reality (1958). Shirley Booth WAS the matronly widow who joins the human race again. She set the pace for all the other Dollys yet to come and there were quite a few. Supporting her were Shirley MacLaine, Tony Perkins, Robert Morse & Paul Ford; each ideally cast. Even though she was frumpy by the 50's standard, she was a great actress as shown in "Come Back Little Sheba" (Oscar winning role), "The Other Mrs. Green" and "Hazel" on TV. This movie is a real treat, even without the music. Forget "Hello, Dolly" and enjoy Thorton Wilder presented very close to his play. "The Matchmaker" (1955) was a revision of "The Merchant of Yonkers" (1938) and played on Broadway with Ruth Gordon, later Shirley Booth for 486 performances. If you like subtle slapstick, this for you; it is very funny.

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