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Hello, Dolly!

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Gene Kelly

In early-20th-century Yonkers, a wealthy local merchant, Horace Vandergelder (played by Walter Matthau), hires matchmaker Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) to find a mate for him--but instead she decides to win him over for herself. His life is further complicated … see full wiki

Cast: E. J. Peaker
Director: Gene Kelly
Release Date: 1969
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Hello, Dolly!

Well, Hello Dolly, this is Louis, Dolly

  • May 8, 2000
Pros: Wonderful music score

Cons: none

Another great musical score for the legendary voice of Barbara Streisand, Hello Dolly, adapted from the play The Matchmaker, focuses on the life of Dolly Levi matchmaker extra ordinaire. Quite a stretch for Streisand's immeasurable talents, only 26 at the time if filming, she portrays a much older and wiser woman, coupled with Walter Matthau (wouldn't have been my choice but then they never asked me).

Loosely set in New York and Yonkers, Levi is accomplished is all her goals but alone herself. She sets her sights on Horace Vandergelder (Matthau), local merchant. Ever the persistent and devious woman, you know Horace does not stand a chance, though he puts up a good fight.

There are many memorable musical productions in the movie, perhaps more than even in Funny Lady, and certainly in large detail. The scene of the Sunday in the park and the score of ‘Before the Parade Passes By' is overwhelming. Extras must be in the hundreds for this scene alone. Of course, the most memorable and notable one is her entrance into the Winter Garden with her breath taking performance with Louis Armstrong - the title song - ‘Hello Dolly'.

This dance scene and Mr. Armstrong's rendition of the song are legendry. The dress Ms. Streisand wore for this production weighed 75 lbs. Compared to her 125 lbs at the time, this must have been very tiring. Indeed, she said after removing the dress at the end of the number, many of the beads and sequins were embedded in her skin.

Often touted for her desire for perfection, it was obvious in this production she played a heavy hand. Of course, the entire performance was rewritten for her musical talent and style and many great songs came from this viewing - ‘Just Leave Everything to Me', ‘It Only Takes A Moment', "Put on Your Sunday Clothes' and of course ‘Before the Parade Passes By'.

Oddly, a relative unknown showed up in this movie in a quirky part, Michael Crawford, who as you know went on to become the wonderful ‘Phantom of the Opera'. It is somewhat comical to see Mr. Crawford in this role, all 100 lbs of him with 8' legs and a squeaky voice and to see him now.

As with most Streisand shows, this one was nominated, and awarded, several Academy Awards. Try as they might, Hollywood will not take this woman down! Even as a child then and a woman now, she will always remain victorious!


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