The Matchmaker (1958)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Michael Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Paramount Pictures


as Dolly 'Gallagher' Le...

as Horace Vandergelder

as Irene Molloy

as Cornelius Hackl

as Barnaby Tucker

as Minnie Fay

as Malachi Stack

as Joe Scanlon

as August

as Rudolph

as Maitre D'

as Train Conductor

as Mr. Duckworth

as Older Beauty

as Younger Beauty

as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Matchmaker

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Chicago Reader
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July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Matchmaker

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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