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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -- When the eldest of seven Oregon frontier brothers announces his marriage plans, the others follow his advice and kidnap six beautiful women of their own.


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Albert Hackett (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 July 1954 (USA) See more »
LUSTY, MIRTHFUL GIRL-STEALING MUSICAL! . . . with Seven Great Songs! See more »
In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Wow, what a movie, fantastic score and choreography See more (134 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Howard Keel ... Adam Pontipee

Jeff Richards ... Benjamin Pontipee

Russ Tamblyn ... Gideon Pontipee

Tommy Rall ... Frank Pontipee
Marc Platt ... Daniel Pontipee
Matt Mattox ... Caleb Pontipee
Jacques d'Amboise ... Ephraim Pontipee

Jane Powell ... Milly

Julie Newmar ... Dorcas (as Julie Newmeyer)
Nancy Kilgas ... Alice
Betty Carr ... Sarah
Virginia Gibson ... Liza

Ruta Lee ... Ruth (as Ruta Kilmonis)
Norma Doggett ... Martha

Ian Wolfe ... Rev. Elcott
Howard Petrie ... Pete Perkins
Earl Barton ... Harry
Dante DiPaolo ... Matt
Kelly Brown ... Carl
Matt Moore ... Ruth's Uncle
Dick Rich ... Dorcas' Father
Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Bixby
Russell Simpson ... Mr. Bixby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annable ... Little heifer
Gary Armstrong ... Member of Second Barn Riasing Team (uncredited)
Ann Baker ... Town Girl (uncredited)
Walter Beaver ... Lem (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Drunk (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Diner (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Member of Second Barn Raising Team (uncredited)
Billy Dix ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Millie Doff ... Town Girl (uncredited)
Michelle Ducasse ... Town Girl (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Mother (uncredited)
Tim Graham ... Father (uncredited)
Carol Grel ... Heavy Girl (uncredited)
Duane Grey ... Rancher (uncredited)
Geraldine Hall ... Mother (uncredited)
Lois Hall ... Girl (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Holmes ... Mother (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Member of Fourth Barn Raising Team (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Member of Third Barn Raising Team (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Father (uncredited)
Sheila James Kuehl ... Jenny - Dorcas' Sister (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... Caleb Pontipee (singing voice) (uncredited)
Jarma Lewis ... Lem's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Elcott (uncredited)
Betty Noyes ... Bride (singing voice) (uncredited)
Phil Rich ... Prospector (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Mother (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Town Suitor (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Tom ('Nobody can cook like Milly') (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... Town Suitor (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Leader of Fourth Barn Raising Team (uncredited)
Margaret Wells ... Mother (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... Town Suitor (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Leader of Third Barn Raising Team (uncredited)
Sheb Wooley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
Writing credits
Albert Hackett (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay)

Stephen Vincent Benet (story "The Sobbin' Women")

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
Original Music by
Gene de Paul 
Adolph Deutsch (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes designed by)
Charles Arrico (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stewart Walden .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Franklyn Soldo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrations
Saul Chaplin .... musical supervisor
Alexander Courage .... orchestrations
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director
Johnny Mercer .... lyrics by
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrations
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Kidd .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Michael Kidd .... choreographer (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Color (Ansco)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia) (1968 re-release) | Mono (optical prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Peru:PT | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1963) | UK:U | UK:U (re-release) (2004) | USA:G | USA:Approved (PCA #16932) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

On the 2004 DVD commentary, Stanley Donen claims that there were two versions made of the film: one in CinemaScope and another in the standard screen ratio of the day. Each scene shot in CinemaScope had to be re-shot for the standard version. This was out of MGM's concern that not all theatres had the equipment to screen films in CinemaScope. Although the standard version was more expensive than the CinemaScope version, it was never released theatrically. However, it did play on Turner Classic Movies in the late 1990s and is featured as a special feature on the 2004 DVD.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Milly allows Adam to come back in the house he is supposed to be walking on tree limbs to get back in the window, but you can see that he is obviously stepping on flat ground.See more »
Gideon:Adam, you're my eldest brother. Now I've always looked up to ya, tried to ape ya. But today I'm ashamed of you. Now I know you can lick me, lick the tar outta me! But I wouldn't hold myself no kinda man unless I showed ya how I felt!
[punches him]
Adam:Why you...!
[throws him on horse, hands him reigns]
Adam:Now, GIT!
[slaps horse]
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Lonesome PolecatSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Wow, what a movie, fantastic score and choreography, 6 November 2004
Author: Terry Rose (terry-265) from Devon, England

If you like musicals don't look beyond this one. MGM goofed when it slashed the movie's budget and gave it away to Brigadoon in 1953 but it doesn't matter for the simply stunning songs and choreography shine through. As good as Brigadoon was, it is outclassed by this, for me, the greatest musical of them all.

Howard Keel stars with Jane Powell but for me I cannot look beyond the awesome dancing talent of Matt Mattox as Caleb. Check out the 'polecat scene' and bookmark it on your DVD. It doesn't get any better than this. Thank you Matt, you were great!


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Are Daniel and Ephraim twins ? tufreeh
Prettiest Bride??? poincar6
Marc Platt, one of the brothers dies at age 100 tremas-1
Does anyone think the song Lonesome Polecat is a, peculiar? kkennedy_65
I haven't watched it... no reason I see to watch it. jimbo97-1
Don't let your daughters watch this... Frances_Kubelik
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