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The Matchmaker (1958) was a Romance - Comedy Film directed by Joseph Anthony and produced by Don Hartman.

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Frasier (1993) s02e03 – The Matchmaker

on May 18, 2020 From The Stop Button

Being cishet, it?s not my place to say whether The Matchmaker has aged well. It seems to have aged well. The episode, guest-starring Eric Lutes as Kesley Grammer?s new boss, who happens to be gay and thinks Grammer is into him (because Peri Gilpin lets him think it, as she?s mad Grammer viciously sl... Read full article


DVD Review: The Matchmaker (1958)

on Feb 13, 2014 From True Classics

It is 1884 in Yonkers, NY and Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford), owner of a large general store and the wealthiest man in town, has hired Dolly Gallagher Levi (Shirley Booth), a widow who makes her living through various pursuits–but primarily as a matchmaker–to find him a suitable second ... Read full article


The Matchmaker (1958)

By Brandy Dean on Nov 7, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker is probably best known by its screen adaptation name Hello Dolly!?But, as is Hollywood is wont to do, the studios went to that well several times, starting with the 1958 adaptation The Matchmaker, starring Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Perkins (pre-Psycho, ... Read full article


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[Stack finds a purse full of money - the one lost by Mr. Vandergelder, but Stack thinks it was lost by Cornelius]
Malachi Stack: You surprised that I want to get rid of this money so quickly? Well, I'll explain it to you: There was a time in my life that my chief interest was picking up money that didn't belong to me. Now, stealin's a weakness. There's some people who say you shouldn't have no weaknesses at all... no vices. But, if a man has no vices he's in great danger of making vices out of his virtues. That's a spectacle. We've all seen 'em. No... no... Nurse one vice to your bosom. Give it the attention that it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. I took to whiskey - whiskey took to me. Then I discovered one important rule that I'm going to pass on to you..."Never support two weaknesses at the same time." It's your 'combination sinners' that dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute. There's nothing worse than for a man to be a drunkard AND a thief. So, now you know why I want to get rid of this money. I want to keep my mind free to do credit to the whiskey that it deserves. And my last word to you is this: One vice at a time.


Dolly "Gallagher" Levi: [after the two clerks emerge from under a table] Good heavens, who else is under there?


Dolly "Gallagher" Levi: The very young are almost as smart as the very old, Cornelius. It's in the middle that you get in all the trouble.


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Basis for the musical "Hello, Dolly", first on Broadway in 1964 and later on film: Hello, Dolly!.
The stage version of "The Matchmaker" opened in New York on December 5, 1955 at the Royale Theatre and closed on February 2, 1957 at the Booth Theatre. Ruth Gordon starred as Dolly Levi and Loring Smith as Horace Vandergelder. Robert Morse as Barnaby Tucker was the only actor to reprise his role in the movie version.
The Broadway musical play adaptation of "Hello Dolly!" opened at the St. James Theater on January 16, 1964 and ran for 2844 performances, setting a Broadway longevity record. "Hello Dolly!" also won the 1964 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Best Score.
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