Hello, Dolly! (movie)
Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 American musical and romantic comedy movie. It is based on the Broadway production of the same name. Louis Armstrong recorded the title tune of the same name. That tune hit #1 in May 1964.
In 1890, all of New York City is excited because widowed and brassy Dolly Levi is in town. She is currently seeking a wife for grumpy "half a millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. It becomes clear, however, that Dolly wants to marry Horace herself. She travels to Yonkers, New York to visit Horace.
Horace tells his two clerks, Barnaby Tucker and Cornelius Hackl, that he is about to get married because "It Takes a Woman" to do all the household chores. Dolly comes to Yonkers and sends Horace to the city.
Cornelius decides he and Barnaby need to leave Yonkers. Dolly knows two ladies in New York City they can call on: Irene Molloy, and her shop assistant, Minnie Fay.
After meeting an old friend, Gussie Granger, on a float in a parade, Dolly catches up with the annoyed Horace. He is marching in the parade. She tells him the heiress Ernestina Semple would be perfect for him. She asks him to meet her at the Harmonia Gardens that evening.
Cornelius wants to get a kiss before the night is over. The clerks have no money to hire a carriage. They then tell the girls that walking to the restaurant shows that they have "Elegance".
At the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, the head waiter, Rudolph, gets his crew into shape for Dolly Levi's return. Horace arrives to meet his date. But she is really Dolly's friend Gussie. Gussie isn't elegant or rich as Dolly had said. She soon leaves after being bored by Horace.
Cornelius, Barnaby and their dates arrive at the restaurant. They're not aware Horace is also at the restaurant. Cornelius is scared of being caught. He tells the ladies he and Barnaby didn't have any money all along. Irene knew the two men pretended being rich.
Horace tells Dolly life would be dull without her. Dolly promises she will never go away again.
- Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levi
- Walter Matthau as Horace Vandergelder
- Michael Crawford as Cornelius Hackl
- Marianne McAndrew as Irene Molloy
- E. J. Peaker as Minnie Fay
- Danny Lockin as Barnaby Tucker
- Joyce Ames as Ermengarde Vandergelder
- Tommy Tune as Ambrose Kemper
- Judy Knaiz as Gussie Granger; Ernestina Semple
- David Hurst as Rudolph Reisenweber
- Fritz Feld as Fritz, German waiter
- Richard Collier as Joe, Vandergelder's barber
- J. Pat O'Malley as Policeman in park
- Louis Armstrong as Orchestra leader
- Tucker Smith (uncredited) as Dancer
- Jennifer Gan (uncredited) as Miss Bolivia
The movie got favorable reviews upon release.
The movie opened strongly. It took in more than The Sound of Music four years earlier. It made $33.2 million at the box office.
- Other awards
- 23rd British Academy Film Awards
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Barbra Streisand – Nomination
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role – Walter Matthau – Nomination (also for his role in The Secret Life of an American Wife)
- BAFTA Award for Best Art Direction – John DeCuir – Nomination
- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography – Harry Stradling – Nomination
- 27th Golden Globe Awards
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Nomination
- Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Gene Kelly – Nomination
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – Barbra Streisand – Nomination
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture – Marianne McAndrew – Nomination
- Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress – Marianne McAndrew – Nomination
- Directors Guild of America Awards 1970
- Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film – Gene Kelly – Nomination
- American Cinema Editors
- Best Edited Feature Film – William H. Reynolds – Won