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The Matchmaker

Released Jul 23, 1958 1h 41m Comedy List
Reviews 59% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When Dolly Gallagher Levi (Shirley Booth) is hired by Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford) to find him a wife, she secretly starts to fall for him. He travels to New York City to meet Irene Molloy (Shirley MacLaine), but Dolly attempts to distract him with a fictitious woman. Meanwhile, Horace's employees, Cornelius (Anthony Perkins) and Barnaby (Robert Morse), also venture to New York, where they meet Irene. After everyone ends up by chance at the same restaurant, true feelings start to emerge. Read More Read Less
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Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Didn't realize that Helly Dolly originated from this movie. I could watch it over and over again! LOVED the young Anthony Perkins in it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Certainly a different role for Anthony Perkins than Norman Bates in "Psycho". I like the movie but I like "Hello Dolly" better because of the music. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A charming movie with a great cast and some wonderful old time acting skill! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This play should probably stick to the theatre. Either that or they could have used a different director. This movie is very predictable on top of feeling like a play and how stupid everything the characters did seemed. Sometimes I found a bit of fun in a scene, and I thought Perkins and Morse were real cute, but other than that, this is pretty dull. If you really like romantic comedies, you may enjoy this more than I did, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I like the Hello Dolly version better Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When Dolly Gallagher Levi (Shirley Booth) is hired by Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford) to find him a wife, she secretly starts to fall for him. He travels to New York City to meet Irene Molloy (Shirley MacLaine), but Dolly attempts to distract him with a fictitious woman. Meanwhile, Horace's employees, Cornelius (Anthony Perkins) and Barnaby (Robert Morse), also venture to New York, where they meet Irene. After everyone ends up by chance at the same restaurant, true feelings start to emerge.
Director
Joseph Anthony
Producer
Don Hartman
Distributor
Paramount Pictures
Production Co
Don Hartman Productions
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 23, 1958, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 15, 2011
Runtime
1h 41m
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