‘Hello, Dolly’: Some Facts We Didn't Know About The Epic Movie

Date February 7, 2018

Hello, Dolly is a true masterpiece of cinematography even after five decades since the movie's release. 26-year-old Barbra Streisand won fans’ hearts after her awesome performance and proved her status of a rising star. But few people know that this great film could not even appear on the big screen due to certain obstacles.

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Little-known facts about ‘Hello, Dolly.’

When the heads of Twentieth-Century Fox announced the launching a new project, they had no idea how problematic it would be for them. We're talking about legendary Hello, Dolly, a true masterpiece among classic movies which became the favorite for millions of people around the globe.

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Unsurprisingly, Barbra Streisand was not the director’s first choice to play Dolly Levi. Carol Channing, who played Dolly in the Broadway performance, was supposed to portrait her on screen too. But Channing didn’t have a lot of film experience, and the iconic role passed to Streisand.

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Another problematic factor for the film producers was finding the proper NYC decorations. The story takes place in the 1890s when New York was a crime-ridden city. New York City scenes were filmed in the Los Angeles studio which eventually led to increasing the expenses.

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Barbra and Walter refused to play lovebirds.

Have you ever thought how difficult it might be for two actors who literally hate each other to play love scenes? Well, Barbra and her co-star, Walter Matthau, know that for sure. The actors just hated each other and their regular contradictions almost ruined the whole scenery.


That’s how Matthau commented on Streisand:

The trouble with Barbra is that she became a star long before she became an actress.


Finally, when the shooting finished in some miraculous way, the producers were desperate to find out they had gone significantly over budget. But that’s not the whole thing.


The Hello, Dolly stage version was still going strong on Broadway, and the movie adaptation didn’t get the high ratings they expected. Besides, the film release was delayed for a couple of months.

Hello, Dolly, of course, has its fans, though its real success came out after Louis Armstrong’s rendition was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Nevertheless, we are glad that despite so many obstacles, Hello, Dolly took its deserved place among the iconic movies of the Golden Era of cinematography.

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