Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 144 or 148 mins | Musical comedy | 17 December 1969

Director:

Gene Kelly

Writer:

Ernest Lehman

Producer:

Ernest Lehman

Cinematographer:

Harry Stradling

Production Designer:

John De Cuir

Production Company:

Chenault Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film was released in both 35mm and 70mm versions. According to modern sources, Thornton Wilder's play, on which the musical Hello Dolly! was based, was itself based on a 1938 Wilder play The Merchant of Yonkers . The Merchant of Yonkers was in turn based on a Viennese farce. The Matchmaker was also the basis of a 1958 film, also titled The Matchmaker , starring Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Booth, directed by Joseph Anthony.
       Hello, Dolly! received Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Sound, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. In 2008, the Walt Disney-Pixar animated film WALL•E included clips of Hello, Dolly! . Within the story, the robot "WALL•E" loves to watch a videotape of the film, especially part of a dance sequence of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," and the romantic ballad "It Only Takes a Moment," featuring Michael Crawford and Marianne McAndrew. Both the clips and the songs are repeated several times throughout WALL•E , and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," sung by Crawford, is heard on the soundtrack at the beginning of the film. ... More Less

The film was released in both 35mm and 70mm versions. According to modern sources, Thornton Wilder's play, on which the musical Hello Dolly! was based, was itself based on a 1938 Wilder play The Merchant of Yonkers . The Merchant of Yonkers was in turn based on a Viennese farce. The Matchmaker was also the basis of a 1958 film, also titled The Matchmaker , starring Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Booth, directed by Joseph Anthony.
       Hello, Dolly! received Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Sound, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. In 2008, the Walt Disney-Pixar animated film WALL•E included clips of Hello, Dolly! . Within the story, the robot "WALL•E" loves to watch a videotape of the film, especially part of a dance sequence of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," and the romantic ballad "It Only Takes a Moment," featuring Michael Crawford and Marianne McAndrew. Both the clips and the songs are repeated several times throughout WALL•E , and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," sung by Crawford, is heard on the soundtrack at the beginning of the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Apr 1965
p. 11.
Daily Variety
8 Dec 1965
p. 1.
Daily Variety
10 Mar 1966
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
26 Jan 1967
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
9 May 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Aug 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
17 Jan 1968
p. 14.
Daily Variety
6 Feb 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 Feb 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Feb 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Apr 1968
p. 14.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 May 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
31 May 1968
p. 9.
Daily Variety
3 Jul 1968
p. 8.
Daily Variety
30 Jul 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
5 Aug 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
12 Aug 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1968
p. 11.
Daily Variety
29 Aug 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
4 Sep 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
5 Sep 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 Apr 1969
p. 26.
Daily Variety
23 Apr 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Jun 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Jun 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 Jul 1969
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Jul 1969
p. 1, 5.
Daily Variety
21 Nov 1969
p. 24.
Daily Variety
16 Dec 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 Dec 1969
p. 3, 30.
Daily Variety
31 Dec 1969
p. 8.
Daily Variety
16 Feb 1970
p. 1, 8.
Films and Filming
Feb 1970
pp. 51-52.
Los Angeles Times
9 May 1967
Section D, p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
22 May 1967
Section D, p. 25.
Los Angeles Times
4 Mar 1968
Section C, p. 31.
Los Angeles Times
9 Jun 1968
Section C, p. 17.
Los Angeles Times
18 Jul 1968
Section F, p. 1, 6.
Los Angeles Times
20 Aug 1968
Section F, p. 1, 11.
Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1968
Section A, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
14 Oct 1968
Section F, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
3 Mar 1969
Section G, p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
16 Oct 1969
Section D, p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
18 Nov 1969
Section E, p. 21.
Los Angeles Times
22 Dec 1969
Section E, p. 1, 11.
New York Times
8 Mar 1965
p. 33.
New York Times
9 May 1967
p. 53.
New York Times
23 Aug 1967
p. 41.
New York Times
17 Oct 1969
p. 32.
New York Times
17 Dec 1969
p. 66.
New York Times
18 Dec 1969
p. 62.
New Yorker
3 Jan 1970
p. 57-58.
Saturday Review
10 Jan 1970
p. 30.
Time
26 Dec 1969.
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Variety
10 Mar 1965
p. 2, 78.
Variety
28 Aug 1968
p. 22.
Variety
12 Mar 1969
p. 28.
Variety
24 Dec 1969
p. 14.
Variety
6 Jan 1971
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Ernest Lehman's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Antique jewelry from
MUSIC
Mus score and cond
Mus score and cond
Orch
Choral arr
Mus ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances and mus numbers staged by
Asst choreographer
Dance arr
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstyling
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
Dial coach
Public relations
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical Hello, Dolly!, book by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, produced on stage by David Merrick, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion (New York, 16 Jan 1964), which was based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder (London, 4 Nov 1954).
SONGS
"Just Leave Everything to Me," "It Takes a Woman," "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Dancing," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Elegance," "Love Is Only Love," "Hello, Dolly," "It Only Takes a Moment" and "So Long Dearie," words and music by Jerry Herman.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 December 1969
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 16 December 1969
New York opening: 17 December 1969
Los Angeles premiere: 19 December 1969
Production Date:
15 April--August 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Chenault Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 December 1969
Copyright Number:
LP38180
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
DeLuxe
gauge
35mm & 70mm
Widescreen/ratio
Todd-AO
Duration(in mins):
144 or 148
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
21848
SYNOPSIS

In 1890, Dolly Levi, a widowed New York City Jewish matchmaker, journeys to Yonkers, home of Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy grain merchant whom she would like to marry. Horace wants Dolly to take his niece, Ermengarde, to New York, where the girl will be protected from the attentions of Ambrose Kemper, an impoverished young artist. In addition, he reveals his intention to marry Irene Molloy, a pretty New York milliner, an announcement that inspires Dolly to devise a plan to keep Horace for herself. First, she instructs Ermengarde and Ambrose to escape to New York, hoping they will win first prize in the dance contest given at the elegant Harmonia Gardens restaurant. Upon overhearing that Cornelius and Barnaby, the destitute clerks from Horace's store, are planning to take a day off in the owner's absence, Dolly advises them to visit Irene's shop but not to reveal who has sent them. The girl-shy clerks follow her suggestion and introduce themselves as wealthy sophisticates to Irene and her assistant, Minnie Fay, but their visit is aborted when they spot Horace and Dolly about to enter. The boys hide and conceal their identity, but all marriage potential between Horace and Irene is dissolved when he discovers the two men. Pleased with the outcome of her plan, Dolly persuades Cornelius and Barnaby to take the girls to Harmonia Gardens for dinner and also arranges for Horace to be met there by a new marriage prospect, the heiress Ernestina Simple, who is, in fact, Dolly's actress friend Gussie Granger. Exquisitely coiffed and gowned, Dolly makes a dazzling entrance at the restaurant, where she charms Horace until he is about to propose to her; but ... +


In 1890, Dolly Levi, a widowed New York City Jewish matchmaker, journeys to Yonkers, home of Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy grain merchant whom she would like to marry. Horace wants Dolly to take his niece, Ermengarde, to New York, where the girl will be protected from the attentions of Ambrose Kemper, an impoverished young artist. In addition, he reveals his intention to marry Irene Molloy, a pretty New York milliner, an announcement that inspires Dolly to devise a plan to keep Horace for herself. First, she instructs Ermengarde and Ambrose to escape to New York, hoping they will win first prize in the dance contest given at the elegant Harmonia Gardens restaurant. Upon overhearing that Cornelius and Barnaby, the destitute clerks from Horace's store, are planning to take a day off in the owner's absence, Dolly advises them to visit Irene's shop but not to reveal who has sent them. The girl-shy clerks follow her suggestion and introduce themselves as wealthy sophisticates to Irene and her assistant, Minnie Fay, but their visit is aborted when they spot Horace and Dolly about to enter. The boys hide and conceal their identity, but all marriage potential between Horace and Irene is dissolved when he discovers the two men. Pleased with the outcome of her plan, Dolly persuades Cornelius and Barnaby to take the girls to Harmonia Gardens for dinner and also arranges for Horace to be met there by a new marriage prospect, the heiress Ernestina Simple, who is, in fact, Dolly's actress friend Gussie Granger. Exquisitely coiffed and gowned, Dolly makes a dazzling entrance at the restaurant, where she charms Horace until he is about to propose to her; but he spots Ermengarde and Ambrose on the dance floor. In his hectic pursuit of the couple, Horace incites a ruckus that climaxes when he discovers his two clerks using the melee as an opportunity to sneak away from an unpaid check. He fires them, but Dolly, disgusted by Horace's lack of charity, leaves him in anger. The next morning, however, the merchant repents and gives Ermengarde and Ambrose permission to marry, promotes Cornelius and Barnaby, and finally asks Dolly to marry him, thereby making the matchmaker's scheme a total success. +

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