6.9/10
952
30 user 7 critic

The Matchmaker (1958)

Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman.

Director:

Joseph Anthony

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 Rex Evans ... August
Gavin Gordon ... Rudolph
Torben Meyer ... Alex, Headwaiter, Harmonica Club
Orangey ... Self - a Cat (as Rhubarb)
Learn more

More Like This 

Ask Any Girl (1959)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sales girl falls for the younger of a company run by two brothers. The elder falls for her but plans to help her get his brother because he doesn't know he's in love.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Gig Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tony Ryder takes over his dead uncle's media empire while trying to keep quiet the mysterious circumstances of his death in a Palm Beach hotel room.

Director: Joseph Anthony
Stars: Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson
Hot Spell (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A housewife is doing her best to keep her family together as it's slowly falling apart, a fact she's trying to ignore. Her cheating husband's birthday party is approaching and many lines will be crossed after that event.

Directors: Daniel Mann, George Cukor
Stars: Shirley Booth, Anthony Quinn, Shirley MacLaine
My Geisha (1962)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson
Can-Can (1960)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier
Two Loves (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Out on a Limb, not out on a Leash.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey, Jack Hawkins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shirley MacLaine, Edmon Ryan
Mirage (1965)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An accountant suddenly suffers from amnesia. This appears related to the suicide of his boss. Now some violent thugs are out to get him. They work for a shadowy figure known simply as The Major.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau
Career (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?

Director: Joseph Anthony
Stars: Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Seven portraits of different types of women.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Elspeth March
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore
Edit

Storyline

It's 1884 in Yonkers, New York. Dolly Gallagher-Levi is a Jane-of-all-Trades, but her latest and most lucrative venture is as a matchmaker, setting men up with women with the intention of matrimony. This job is ironic as she was previously married herself, not enjoying the experience. Her latest client is older penny-pinching retail store owner, Horace Vandergelder, who works his two young meek clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, to the bone. As Horace won't give them a day off, Cornelius and Barnaby plot to close the store and sneak into New York for the day, their mission to meet and kiss a girl. In New York, Cornelius spots Irene Molloy, a young female milliner upon who he sets his sights. On their meeting, Cornelius is unaware that she is also one of Horace's possible brides. Beyond what happens between Horace, Cornelius and Irene, Dolly herself may be ready for matrimony again despite her words to the contrary. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll Laugh...You'll Love...

Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of only six films that Broadway director Joseph Anthony made. See more »

Goofs

As he's preparing to leave Vandergelder's store, Joe Scanlon refers to Mr. Vandergelder as Mr. Handergelder. See more »

Quotes

Irene Molloy: Mr. Vandergelder is a substantial man they tell me, and very well-liked.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, he's a lovely man.
Irene Molloy: And a large circle of friends.
Cornelius Hackl: Oh, yes indeed. Five or six.
Barnaby Tucker: Five.
See more »

Connections

Version of Hello, Dolly! (1969) See more »

User Reviews

 
Fabulous, even without the music!
24 October 2005 | by bjonSee all my reviews

Well now, who are the only two people could pull it off playing Dolly Levi? There are only two: Carol Channing and Shirley Booth! "Shirley Booth??? Who's She?" Or maybe "Ah, come on!!!" Well it's true! Ms. Booth ranks up there right in the same spot with Carol Channing. What a gal! People who don't know who she was should take the time to see this film. It proves her innate talent for playing sappy frumps all the way up to lovable, hilarious, wisecracking characters. Oh, and did I forget conniving? There's a wonderful cast here supporting her as well. The costumes are superb, the timing is excellent.

One thing I must mention here though is, that although I also consider Barbra Streisand a great talent, she seemed to be more or less mis-cast in the role in "Hello Dolly." She merely played herself. Shirley Booth fit the bill as a strong, rather overbearing character. I will repeat though that she had proved previously that she could play just the opposite.

Another SB "must see." Even in black and white and with no music.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matchmaker See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed