Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

Gene Kelly (1969)

139min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Despite the casting of an underage Barbra Streisand as merry matchmaker Dolly Levi, this lavish 20th Century-Fox movie version of the long-running Broadway hit is a wondrous treat under Gene Kelly's expert direction. Indeed, it now looks like the virtual last gasp of the great era of costly Hollywood musicals - the movie flopped at the box office. However, among the shining stars on parade are Britain's own Michael Crawford and the man who had taken the title song to number one in the US charts five years earlier, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. The design, use of colour and, particularly, the marvellous score are quite breathtaking, and the film won three Oscars.

Summary

A widowed matchmaker sets about finding a new wife for a grain merchant whose spouse has died. However, she has secretly fallen in love with the man herself, and hatches an elaborate plan to marry him. Musical set in late 19th-century New York, starring Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford and Marianne McAndrew, and featuring Louis Armstrong's performance of the title number.

Cast & Crew

Dolly Levi Barbra Streisand
Horace Vandergelder Walter Matthau
Cornelius Hackl Michael Crawford
Orchestra leader Louis Armstrong
Irene Molloy Marianne McAndrew
Minnie Fay E J Peaker
Barnaby Tucker Danny Lockin
Ermengarde Joyce Ames
Ambrose Kemper Tommy Tune
Gussie Granger Judy Knaiz
Rudolph Reisenweber David Hurst
Fritz Fritz Feld
Director Gene Kelly
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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