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The Matchmaker (1958)

The Matchmaker Directed by
Joseph Anthony

Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (play)
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

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Genre: 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.

User Comments: Superb package (more)

User Rating: *******___ 7.0/10 (186 votes) Vote Here

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Booth …. Dolly ‘Gallagher’ Levi

Anthony Perkins …. Cornelius Hackl

Shirley MacLaine …. Irene Molloy
Paul Ford …. Horace Vandergelder
Robert Morse …. Barnaby Tucker
Perry Wilson …. Minnie Fay
Wallace Ford …. Malachi Stack
Russell Collins …. Joe Scanlon
Rex Evans …. August
Gavin Gordon …. Rudolph
Torben Meyer …. Alex, Headwaiter, Harmonica Club
Rhubarb …. Himself – a Cat
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Runtime: 103 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: Finland:S / USA:Unrated / West Germany:12

Trivia: Became the musical “Hello, Dolly”, first on Broadway in 1964 and filmed in 1969. (more)

Quotes: 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. (more)
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User Comments:

Superb package, 28 December 2000
Author: jaykay-10

Do you like situation comedy? How about clever dialogue? Do the elements of classic farce make you laugh? Many a film has sustained itself 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. A 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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