The Matchmaker Poster

Release Date: 1958

DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary
When Dolly Gallagher Levi (Shirley Booth) is hired by Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford) to find him a wife, she secretly starts to fall for him. He travels to New York City to meet Irene Molloy (Shirley MacLaine), but Dolly attempts to distract him with a fictitious woman. Meanwhile, Horace's employees, Cornelius (Anthony Perkins) and Barnaby (Robert Morse), also venture to New York, where they meet Irene. After everyone ends up by chance at the same restaurant, true feelings start to emerge.

Cast: Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Ford, Robert Morse, Perry Wilson, Wallace Ford, Russell Collins

Director: Joseph Anthony

Genres: Comedy

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film ultimately fails to treat history as anything but a string of melodramatic reference points for moody characters haplessly trying to find love. show more

  • How does a filmmaker tell a Holocaust story that hasn't been told before? The Matchmaker does it by weaving fable with realism, coming-of-age innocence with adult grief, and guilt with romanticism. show more

  • This is a sweet, bittersweet comedy, well-executed if perhaps a little heavy on anecdotage. You know who might have made it in the old days? I kept thinking of Woody Allen. You don't know what you want. Woody knows what you want. show more

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