Trivia / Hello, Dolly!

  • Box Office Bomb: The film. Budget, $25 million. Box office, $26 million (rentals), $33.2 million (box office total). Ultimately lost $10 million.
  • Creator Killer: After the theatrical adaptation bombed and The Cheyenne Social Club failed with critics, dancing great Gene Kelly never sat in the director's chair for another theatrical film for the rest of his life.
  • Cut Song: "Penny in My Pocket," the original Act One closing number, sung by Horace; when Jerry Herman realized audiences cared more for Dolly than Horace at that point in the story, he replaced it with "Before the Parade Passes By."
  • Genre-Killer: While the film eventually recouped its losses on home video, it's failure was ultimately the final nail in the coffin for lavish, big-budget live-action Hollywood musicals, as film language was then being redefined as more gritty and literal, making campy musicals a harder sell. Movie musicals have since been few and far between.
  • Throw It In: An alternate take of Dolly running off to the parade, in which Barbra Streisand holds onto her hat to keep it from falling off, made it into the 35mm prints, and the home video releases sourced from them. The 70mm prints, and the home video releases sourced from the 70mm negative, instead show Dolly holding onto her dress.
  • What Could Have Been: An A&E Biography revealed a screen test where Ann-Margret could've played Irene. Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, Shirley MacLaine, and Julie Andrews were considered for the role of Dolly.

  • Hello, Dolly! is the very first Hollywood film to be issued on VHS.