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Hello, Dolly! [1969] (1 disc)

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Director:Gene Kelly
Writer:Ernest Lehman
Composer:Lennie Hayton
Lionel Newman
Songs:Jerry Herman
Length:146 minutes
(2 hours 26 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Family
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Drama
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Synopsis: Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Gene Kelly => Director
Ernest Lehman => Writer
Lennie Hayton => Composer
Lionel Newman => Composer
Jerry Herman => Songs
Johann Nestroy => Play
Michael Stewart => Book
Thornton Wilder => Play "The Matchmaker"
Barbra Streisand => Dolly Levi
Billy Bletcher => Minor Role (uncredited)
Danny Lockin => Barnaby Tucker
David Hurst => Rudolph Reisenweber
E.J. Peaker => Minnie Fay
Eddie Quillan => Mr. Cassidy (uncredited)
Fritz Feld => Rudolph's Assistant
Guy Wilkerson => Laborer (uncredited)
Harry Swoger => Trunk Mover (uncredited)
J. Pat O'Malley => Policeman in Park
James McEachin => Laborer (uncredited)
Jerry Maren => Midget (uncredited)
Jim Taylor => Dancer (uncredited)
Joyce Ames => Ermengarde
Lester Dorr => Workman (uncredited)
Louis Armstrong => Orchestra Leader
Marianne McAndrew => Irene Molloy
Michael Crawford => Cornelius Hackl
Michael Mark => Pushcart Man (uncredited)
Roger Arroyo => Midget (uncredited)
Sam Edwards => Laborer (uncredited)
Scatman Crothers => Mr. Jones - Porter (uncredited)
Tommy Tune => Ambrose Kemper
Tucker Smith => Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Matthau => Horace Vandergelder
William 'Billy' Benedict => News Vendor (uncredited)
William Fawcett => Customer (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This was the very first film released on home video (VHS and Betamax) in the US. It was released in fall 1977 by the Magnetic Video Corporation, the first of the 50 original films it licensed from Fox. Its catalog number was CL-1001.
  • On a break from filming, Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford visited a nearby racetrack and saw a horse named Hello Dolly. Matthau refused to place a bet on it because it reminded him of Barbra Streisand, whom he detested. Crawford placed a bet on the horse. It won the race, and Matthau refused to speak to Crawford for the rest of the shoot unless absolutely necessary.
  • Gene Kelly fought to keep Michael Crawford's singing voice, which the producers wanted to dub.
  • Louis Armstrong's final film. He was on set for half a day, and filmed all of his shots in one take. In 1964, his recording of "Hello, Dolly!" hit #1.
  • Barbra Streisand's gold-beaded gown in the Harmonia Gardens scene weighed 40 pounds, and cost $8,000. The original design included a 2-1/2-foot train, which was removed after she and other dancers tripped over it during rehearsals. The train is visible when Streisand starts down the stairs, then disappears.
  • Choreographer [?] Michael Kidd liked pairing tall girls and short guys together for sex appeal and energy in his works. He got just the opposite with Tommy Tune, who stood 6' 6" and Joyce Ames (Ermangarde), who was 4' 10", a near 2 foot height difference. Kidd was disinterested with them as a couple, but Gene Kelly stepped in to help.