The Matchmaker

Released 1958


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Avi Nesher , Joseph Anthony (II)
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The Matchmaker, set in the late nineteenth century, follows the life of a professional matchmaker, Dolly 'Gallagher' Levi (Shirley Booth). A difficult love triangle emerges out of her most recent job, as she finds herself falling for one the clients, store-owner Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford). Although Dolly is supposed to be setting him up with a woman with the intention of marriage, she is beginning to have second thoughts even after a failed previous marriage of her own. Barnaby Tucker (Robert Morse) and Cornelius Hackl (Anthony Perkins), two of Horace's store clerks, decide to take a day off from their exhausting jobs to see New York City. While there, they actually come into contact with one of Horace's possible matches, Irene Molloy (Shirley MacLaine). As the story progresses, viewers may find the lives of these characters to be much more intertwined than previously thought. The Matchmaker was directed by Joseph Anthony and written by Thorton Wilder.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It sounds like a throwback to an earlier, more traditional style of Israeli filmmaking but it instead provides a view of that country that's as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpecte...

  • 75

    Boston Globe Loren King

    How does a filmmaker tell a Holocaust story that hasn't been told before? The Matchmaker does it by weaving fable with realism, coming-of-age innocence with adult grief, and guilt ...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    The efficient approach and tendency toward broad strokes prevent the movie from taking a deep hold, and Mr. Shafir is a hesitant young actor to have at the center. But, like the ti...

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Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy