Hello, Dolly! 50th Anniversary (1969) Presented by TCM

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Hello, Dolly! is one of the three big movie musicals that musical fans regard not just as flops, but as tragedies. The actresses who created the title roles in the original Broadway productions of My Fair Lady; Hello, Dolly!; and Mame could have and should have played the roles they created in the film versions. But the part of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady went to Audrey Hepburn (couldn't sing or dance!); the role of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! went to Barbra Streisand (way too young); and the role of Mame in Mame went to Lucille Ball (way, way, way too old). By failing to preserve for posterity the career-defining Broadway performances of Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, and Angela Lansbury, the producers of these three films deserved not only box-office flops, but death. Seattle chef Tom Douglas is saying a few words before the inexplicable and unwarranted SIFF screening.

by Dan Savage
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Barbra Streisand, Lucille Ball

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