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Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is an expensive, expansive, sometimes exaggerated, sentimental, nostalgic, wholesome, pictorially opulent $20 million filmusical [from the 1964 Broadway production, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman] with the charisma of Barbra Streisand in the title role.

Hello, Dolly! is an expensive, expansive, sometimes exaggerated, sentimental, nostalgic, wholesome, pictorially opulent $20 million filmusical [from the 1964 Broadway production, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman] with the charisma of Barbra Streisand in the title role.

Streisand is a unique performer, with that inborn vitality which marks great personalities. She brings her own special kind of authority. There is a certain inconsistency, or even confusion, in the speech pattern.

Walter Matthau is hard to accept at first, his dancing being the step-counting sort and his singing somewhat awkward. Nonetheless his experience cannot be discounted.

The film ‘opens cute’ with a long-held still of the 14th St replica. Immensely and imaginatively detailed it intrigues the eye and mind directly. When the still ‘wipes’ into live action, the film is off in a flurry of promise and introducing the times (1890) and the heroine (Dolly) en route to Yonkers.

1969: Best Art Direction, Sound, Adapted Score for a Musical Picture

Nominations: Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing

Hello, Dolly!

  • Production: 20th Century-Fox/Chenault. Dir Gene Kelly; Producer Ernest Lehman; Screenplay Ernest Lehman; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor William Reynolds; Music Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman (arrs.) Art Dir John DeCuir
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 129 MIN.
  • With: Barbra Streisand Walter Matthau Michael Crawford Louis Armstrong Marianne McAndrew Tommy Tune
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