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The film was released in both 35mm and 70mm versions. According to modern sources, Thornton Wilder's play, on which the musical Hello Dolly! was based, was itself based on a 1938 Wilder play The Merchant of Yonkers. The Merchant of Yonkers was in turn based on a Viennese farce. The Matchmaker was also the basis of a 1958 film, also titled The Matchmaker, starring Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Booth, directed by Joseph Anthony.
Hello, Dolly! received Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Sound, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing.