Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recycling Hello, Dolly!

How do you make a low-budget film look like a million bucks? Simple. Re-use the lavish Hello, Dolly! sets.
According to the Great Movie Musical Trivia Book by Jeff Kurti, the Harmonia Gardens set was redressed for another Twentieth Century-Fox movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The restaurant set was converted to a house of worship (represented as the ruins of St. Patrick's Cathedral) for radiation-scarred mutants. At the top of the stairs, where Dolly had made her grand entrance, is an altar for an A bomb!
If you look closely at the railing on the left side you can see where it matches up.


  1. to be honest, I never cared for the Harmonia Gardens set. I'm sure it was a sight to see in person but on film it looked very cluttered.

  2. Maybe the cluttered look was fashionable back in 1890!

  3. I LOVED the Harmonia Gardens set ~ it was such a spectacle of a time gone by. Grand, luxe, and over the top!