Release Date: December 16, 1969
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Actors: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew, Danny Lockin, E.J. Peaker, Joyce Ames, Tommy Tune and a special guest: Louis Armstrong
The last musical I talked about was The Sound of Music and I pretty much smashed all other musicals by saying that I disliked them to the max. But when my mom asked me to watch a musical that she always loved, and said that it was the best and most likely would change my thinking of all musicals, I did not believe her. Then I watched it. Hello, Dolly! was a hit. A 10. And I absolutely fell in love. I am very sad about how often I watched the movie since it was first shown to me. It is a sad amount to be honest. I now sing along, and want to join theater in New York just because of this movie.
Hello, Dolly! is a musical about, well Dolly. Miss Dolly Levi. She is a widow and a very popular woman across New York. From Yonkers to New York, New York. She is a matchmaker and has gotten together a store owner, Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a hat shop owner, Miss Irene Malloy. Horace is a millionaire and owns a store of the same name, Vandergelder. He is the boss of a man who is 28 and three quarters old. His name is Cornelius Hakl (Michael Crawford). Horace leaves Yonkers to go propose to Irene. Horace has Dolly come to take away his niece Ermengarde who is in love with a "7 feet tall nignanpoop" Ambrose Kemper. His clerk Cornelius becomes friends with another of the stores clerks, Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin). After Horace leaves for New York, Cornelius and Barnaby shut down the store and take an adventure to New York as well. To meet girls, and the only way they would return to Yonkers is if they both kiss a girl. Dolly, who is there to pick up Horace's niece over hears the boys talking about women and New York, and has them meet Irene Malloy and her coworker Miss Minnie Fay. This movie is full of wonderful music, comedy and dancing, along with a lot of love. And you will also fall in love with this musical too.
The one scene about the Harmonia Gardens took an entire month to shoot. The movie is two in a half hours long. And also another tid bit of information is that both Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau did not get along at all. As a matter of fact it is said that they fought all the time. Walter Matthau even said that Barbra Streisand "had no more talent than a butterfly's fart!" It is said that Barbra is very difficult to work with because she is a prefectionist. But she is very talented, however she has a huge fear of singing to a crowd. Live performances are very rare for the talented singer.