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The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker (1958)

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Release Date: Aug 12, 1958 Wide

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Thornton Wilder's 1938 stage play The Merchant of Yonkers was based on an old British stage farce by John Oxenford (which in turn served as the basis of an Austrian farce by Johann Nestroy). Merchant of Yonkers was a bomb, but Wilder was quite fond of the piece, so he revised it as the considerably more successful The Matchmaker in 1955. The 1958 film version stars Shirley Booth as 19th-century matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi (a character not found in the Oxenford or Nestroy versions; Wilder

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Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

John Michael Hayes

Jan 18, 2005

Paramount Pictures

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This play should probably stick to the theatre. Either that or they could have used a different director. This movie is very predictable on top of feeling like a play and how stupid everything the characters did seemed. Sometimes I found a bit of fun in a scene, and I thought Perkins and Morse were real cute, but other than that, this is pretty dull. If you really like romantic comedies, you may enjoy this more than I did, though.
July 1, 2011
ajv2688

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interesting to see Hello Dolly without music and some of the performers are better then in the other film particularly Shirley MacLaine but don't go out of your way.
November 20, 2010
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jay nixon

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Shirley Maclaine has solidified her role as my favorite 60s cutie. This is an adorable movie that knows how adorable it is, what with the audience narration and everything. Charm doesn't make the story any more dimensional, however, and I don't think Anthony Perkins will ever shake the typecast of creeper off him after Psycho.
January 19, 2009
jennifxu

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It was cute. We rented it because we had seen the play at a local theater (not the musical). It wasn't as good as the play. I think it makes more sense when the characters talk to the audience in a play than when they do it in a movie.
August 7, 2007
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