Hello, Dolly!

Chenault Productions Released 1969


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Gene Kelly

Hello, Dolly! is a romantic musical film directed by Gene Kelly as a silver screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical created by Jerry Herman that centers on the widow Dolly Levi as takes her matchmaking business to Yonkers, New York, in a venture to find a wife for the cantankerous Horace Vandergelder. Though she's there to match up Horace, it doesn't stop her from dealing with the young love of the artist Ambrose Kemper and Horace's overly emotional niece Ermengarde and making the moves to put herself into the running for Horace's wife. It's a case of bumbling escapades with Ambrose and Ermengarde's participation in a polka competition, the well-meaning lies of Horace's clerks, Barnaby and Cornelius, and the growing dislike Horace has for Dolly. Nominated for seven Academy Awards with three wins and five Golden Globe nominations, Hello, Dolly! is a classic musical with the popular songs of "Put on Your Sunday Clothes", "Dancing", and the well-known tune of "Hello, Dolly!".



Metacritic Score

  • 63

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Dolly lost a fortune and helped to all but kill the genre, yet this famed musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker is more fun than its rep indicates. [15 Nov 2005, p...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    The choreography, the performances, the set decoration, the dialogue, everything about Hello, Dolly! is played directly to the back row of the theater, which would be fine on the s...

  • 50

    LarsenOnFilm Josh Larsen

    By the time Streisand takes over the entire movie with the title number, in which the massive waitstaff of an upscale restaurant gathers to sing and dance her praises, I couldn't h...

Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Horace Vandergelder

Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers

Mr. Jones - Porter

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Dolly Levi

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Orchestra Leader

David Hurst

David Hurst

Rudolph Reisenweber

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music


Musicals, Love & Romance, Classics