Hello, Dolly!

  • Chenault Productions / 20th Century-Fox, 1969, Color, 148 minutes, ***½
  • Released December, 1969

Lavish screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical stars Barbra Streisand as the turn-of-the-century New York matchmaker who falls for client Walter Matthau. Supporting turns by Michael Crawford and Louis Armstrong, and a score that includes “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Just Leave Everything to Me” and the title song, add to the fun.

Setting: New York City, 1890

Details

  • Written for the Screen and Produced by: Ernest Lehman
  • Associate Producer: Roger Edens
  • Directed by: Gene Kelly
  • Assistant Director: Paul Helmick
  • Screenplay: Ernest Lehman
  • Based on the Stage Play “Hello, Dolly!”
  • Produced on the New York Stage by Davis Merrick
  • Book of Stage Play by Michael Stewart
  • Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
  • Music and Lyrics of Stage Play by Jerry Herman
  • Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
  • Music and Lyrics by: Jerry Herman
  • Music Director: Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman
  • Music Scored and Conducted by: Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman
  • Orchestrations: Philip J. Lang, Lennie Hayton, Herbert Spencer, Alexander Courage, Don Costa, Warren Barker, Frank Comstock, Joseph Lipman
  • Dance Arrangements: Marvin Laird
  • Choral Arrangements: Jack Latimer
  • Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by: Michael Kidd
  • Production Designed by: John De Cuir
  • Art Directors: Jack Martin Smith, Herman Blumenthal
  • Set Decorations: Walter M. Scott, George Hopkins, Raphael Bretton
  • Costumes Designed by: Irene Sharaff
  • Makeup Supervision: Dan Striepeke
  • Hairstyling by: Edith Lindon
  • Sound by: Murray Spivack, Vinton Vernon, Jack Solomon, Douglas Williams
  • Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
  • Special Photographic Effects: L. B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank
  • Produced in Todd-AO, Color by De Luxe
  • Film Editor: William Reynolds

Awards

  • Academy Awards for Best Score – Musical (Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Sound
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling), Best Film Editing and Best Costume Design (Irene Sharaff)

Cast

  • Barbra Streisand [Dolly Levi]
  • Walter Matthau [Horace Vandergelder]
  • Michael Crawford [Cornelius Hackl]
  • Marianne McAndrew [Irene Molloy]
  • Danny Lockin [Barnaby Tucker]
  • E. J. Peaker [Minnie Fay]
  • Joyce Ames [Ermengarde]
  • Tommy Tune [Ambrose Kemper]
  • Judy Knaiz [Gussie Granger]
  • David Hurst [Rudolph Reisenweber]
  • Fritz Feld [Rudolph’s assistant]
  • Richard Collier [Vandergelder Barber]
  • J. Pat O’Malley [Policeman in Park]
  • Louis Armstrong [Orchestra Leader]

Musical Program

  • [0:01] Just Leave Everything to Me (sung by Barbra Streisand and Chorus)
  • [0:15] It Takes a Woman (sung by Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Danny Lockin and Ensemble)
  • [0:23] It Takes a Woman (sung by Barbra Streisand)
  • [0:31] Put on Your Sunday Clothes (sung by Michael Crawford, sung and danced by Barbra Streisand and Chorus)
  • [0:39] Ribbons Down My Back (sung by Marianne McAndrew)
  • [0:57] Dancing (sung and danced by Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford, Danny Lockin, Marianne McAdndrew, E. J. Peaker and Ensemble and Chorus)
  • [1:05] Before the Parade Passes By (sung by Barbra Streisand, taken up by marching band in parade, sung by Chorus)
  • [1:16] Intermission
  • [1:21] Elegance (sung and danced by Michael Crawford, Danny Lockin, Marianne McAndrew and E. J. Peaker)
  • [1:26] Love Is Only Love (sung by Barbra Streisand)
  • [1:47] Hello, Dolly! (sung and danced by Barbra Streisand and Chorus
  • sung by Armstrong Louis and Barbra Streisand)
  • [2:07] It Only Takes a Moment (sung by Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew and Chorus)
  • [2:12] So Long, Dearie (sung by Barbra Streisand)
  • [2:22] Hello, Dolly! (sung and danced by Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand)
  • [2:23] Finale (reprisals of several songs sung and danced by the Company)
  • [2:26] Exit Music