Cinema: The New Pictures, Aug. 25, 1958

The Matchmaker (Don Hartman; Paramount) is Shirley Booth, and no one can match her when she is on the middle-aged make. Waving her umbrella like a fairy godmother with a poltergeistic wand, she stumbles, rumbles and cannily bumbles her way through the title role of Thornton Wilder's 1956 stage success in a manner that moviegoers with a taste for old-fashioned American farce will have no trouble savoring.

As Mrs. Dolly Levi, a widow of parts, Actress Booth plays an erstwhile palm reader and dispenser of medicine oil whose present project is snaring Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford), possibly the richest merchant in all...

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