The Matchmaker (1958)
Romance / Comedy (more)
Plot Outline: Thornton Wilder’s tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she’s supposed to be pairing with another woman.
7.0/10 (186 votes)
Black and White
Finland:S / USA:Unrated / West Germany:12
Became the musical “Hello, Dolly”, first on Broadway in 1964 and filmed in 1969.
Dolly “Gallagher” Levi:
Life is never quite interesting enough. You people who come to the movies know that. So I manage things a little. Nature isn’t satisfactory, quite, and so it has to be corrected. So I put my hand in here and my hand in there.
Superb package, 28 December 2000
Do you like situation comedy? How about clever dialogue? Do the
elements of classic farce make you laugh? Many a film has sustained
on one of the foregoing. In “The Matchmaker,” you get all three. The
picture is perfectly cast, with the peerless (though by now, nearly
forgotten) Shirley Booth as a sly but gentle, voracious but sweet,
determined yet vulnerable Dolly. Paul Ford huffs and puffs in his
characteristic manner, without overplaying. Anthony Perkins reminds us of
his versatility with this twinkle-in-the-eye triumph in romantic comedy.
young Shirley MacLaine is simply adorable. Too bad the talented Robert
Morse has so little to do, but with such a strong cast in more prominent
roles, he had to save his elfin hijinks for another day.
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