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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  22 July 1954 (USA)
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In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Platt ...
Matt Mattox ...
Jacques d'Amboise ...
Dorcas (as Julie Newmeyer)
Nancy Kilgas ...
Betty Carr ...
Virginia Gibson ...
Ruth (as Ruta Kilmonis)
Norma Doggett ...


Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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MGM's love-making musical! See more »


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Release Date:

22 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siete novias para siete hermanos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (Australia) (1968 re-release)| (optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The avalanche was filmed at Corral Creek Canyon, at Sun Valley, Idaho. See more »


After Millie and Adam's baby is born, we hear the baby cry after being slapped. The slapping of newborns originates in Victorian England when the sedation given to the mother also passed to the baby. The stimulation of the slapping is what caused the baby to take its first breath. See more »


Adam: This is my brother Caleb.
Milly: How are you brother Caleb?
Adam: This is Milly, my wife.
Caleb: Your wife? Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! Hey Dan, he did it, he got married!
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Referenced in Stanley Donen: You Just Do It (2010) See more »


Lonesome Polecat
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Matt Mattox (dubbed by Bill Lee (uncredited)) and Chorus
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Colorful, Lively, and Well-Choreographed; a Happy Experience
13 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

It would be difficult, I suspect not to like, "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers". This film boasts an attractive frontier setting, famously excellent dance numbers choreographed by Michael Kidd, powerful Howard Keel as the head of the Pontifee clan and Jane Powell as the lovely girl who is swept off her feet by his charms. Of course when she finds out that he has six brothers, all scruffy backwoodsmen in need of manners and wives, trouble ensues. But all turns out well, with a little help from a lesson in Roman history, hard work, and the willingness of six other local girls to be (finally) swept off their feet. Howard Petrie, Ian Wolfe and such lovelies as Ruta Lee, Julie Newmar and Virginia Gibson contribute to the fun as the girls; the brothers include Russ Tamblyn, non-dancer Jeff Richards and some of the best dancers on the planet. The movie also presents some famous songs including, "Wonderful Day", "I'm a Lonesome Polecat", "June Bride" and, "When You're in Love" as well as "Goin' Courtin'", among others. Well-remembered scenes include the hilarious barn raising, the town dance, the sleigh pursuit and avalanche and the "Spring, Spring, Spring" vocal climax. Forget the acting, which is sometimes a bit potty; the director and the music add to a clearly-defined script a rare sense of frontier life, where taking risks for happiness and facing the precariousness of things where life is less than settled become necessary. Very few films have followed the lead of "Seven Brides" as a frontier or western musical; and none has been as well received nor appreciated. What a pity, its fans say, it was not given an outdoor setting instead of backlot scenery--and an "A" budget...It has a few flaws; but for five decades it has been one of the happiest musical films ever made; and that is quite an enduring achievement.

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