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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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Plot Keywords:

farm | oregon | love | roman | cook | See All (237) »


LUSTY, MIRTHFUL GIRL-STEALING MUSICAL! . . . with Seven Great Songs! 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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Did You Know?


Despite the extra work that shooting two different versions created, the cast had a marvellous time and Stanley Donen embraced the challenge of CinemaScope. He thought that with seven brides and seven brothers, the story itself lent itself perfectly to the medium since so many characters often had to be onscreen at the same time. He utilized every inch of the frame to maximize the visual impact of the new technology. The studio, who was being extremely tight with the budget, wound up having to put more money into the production anyway, despite trying to cut every corner. "I had to shoot and cut everything twice-restage scenes, put in a different set of marks, light it differently, loop it," said Stanley Donen. "We had two cutting rooms going, and it cost the studio another $500,000, which was a lot for then." See more »


When Adam climbs out of the window to get into the tree, the leg he puts out first changes between shots. See more »


Ephraim Pontipee: [to two women on the street] Care for a chaw of tobaccy?
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Referenced in Cinema Paradiso (1988) 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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Real Men Can Sing AND Dance
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an experienced woodsman compounded by being a fan of great music, it is so refreshing to see a perfect musical centered around men behaving like men. So many shows have slim little dandies spinning around and leaping to and fro and the only way you can tell them from a 13 year old girl is their shorter haircuts. I truly enjoyed seeing someone masculine (gay or straight doesn't matter) move in a skilled manner, and disprove the stereotypes of "White Men Can't Dance." Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has the great Howard Keel (the John Wayne of Musicals), supported by a cast of 6 men (some actors, some dancers and some acrobats) and the outcome is nothing short of spectacular. Michael Kidd's choreography is fantastic, demonstrating grace and strength, yet remaining believable in the fact that the skills could be something done by woodsmen. Mercers music, especially "Bless Your Beautiful" and "Lonesome Polecat" is simply awesome and are in my head for days every time I watch it. The cinema-scope and vibrant colors are unbelievably crisp. I watched this with my 2 year old daughter, and aside from her dragging me up to dance with her during the big production numbers, she sat in her chair and watched the ENTIRE 2 hour movie. A two year old that watches an entire 2 hour movie with her dad, you say!?! Do I need anymore proof of the perfection of this movie!? Bless Howard Keel, as he must be smiling down on me whenever I collapse back into my seat, exhausted from dancing with my little girl...who also slept very, very well that night.

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