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Hello, Dolly! Details

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Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilder's Barbra Streisand (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a "corking good time." But Cornelius and Barnaby can't avoid crossing paths with their boss Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau), who'd give them Holy Ned if he saw them in a fancy restaurant with two fancy girls instead of tending the store. Mr. Vandergelder himself is the object of Dolly's affections, though she pretends to have only a professional interest in the widowed merchant, going through the motions of finding him a new wife when in fact she'd like to be the lucky bride herself. The film's musical set pieces include a show-stopping rendition of the title number, with Louis Armstrong more or less playing himself. The biggest number is "Before the Parade Passes By," in which thousands of costumed marchers and atmosphere extras cavort before a huge replica of a New York City thoroughfare in the 1890s (actually the main entrance of the 20th Century-Fox studio, with period facades adorning the office buildings). An artifact of an era in which Broadway musicals were a significant part of popular culture, Hello Dolly seemed bizarrely irrelevant in the social turmoil of the late 1960s, and it became one of the late-1960s big-budget failures that led Hollywood studios toward a different kind of filmmaking in the 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Solomon Best Sound 1969 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marianne McAndrew Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1969 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marianne McAndrew New Star of the Year - Female 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Murray Spivack Best Sound 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Raphael Bretton Best Art Direction 1969 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barbra Streisand Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Lehman Best Picture 1969 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gene Kelly Best Director 1969 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Gene Kelly Best Director 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Sharaff Best Costume Design 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lionel Newman Best Score 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scott Best Art Direction 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Martin Smith Best Art Direction 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herman A. Blumenthal Best Art Direction 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Cinematography 1969 Nominee

Cast

Barbra Streisand
as Dolly Levi
Walter Matthau
as Horace Vandergelder
Michael Crawford
as Cornelius Hackl
Louis Armstrong
as Orchestra Leader
Marianne McAndrew
as Irene Molloy
E.J. Peaker
as Minnie Fay
Danny Lockin
as Barnaby Tucker
Joyce Ames
as Ermengarde
Judy Knaiz
as Gussie Granger
Richard Collier
as Vandergelder's Barber
J. Pat O'Malley
as Policeman In Park
Fritz Feld
as Fritz, the German waiter
Harry Monty
Jim Hutchinson
Fritz Feld
as Fritz, the German waiter

Crew

Gene Kelly
Director
Ernest Lehman
Producer
Ernest Lehman
Screenwriter
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Raphael Bretton
Production Designer
Jack Martin Smith
Production Designer
Herman A. Blumenthal
Production Designer
Walter Scott
Production Designer
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Raphael Bretton
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Art Cruickshank
Special Effects
Michael Kidd
Choreography
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