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Director:
Writers:
Albert Hackett (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 July 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
LUSTY, MIRTHFUL GIRL-STEALING MUSICAL! . . . with Seven Great Songs! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Spectacular dancing and great music..Keel and Powell never did anything better! See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
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)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Director Stanley Donen said that producer Jack Cummings originally planned to use existing American folk songs for the film's musical numbers. After months spent searching in vain for the right music, Donen recalled, the decision was made to commission an original score.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In several shots during the barn dance, Liza's hair comes loose from her chignon, only to be neatly combed again in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
Alice Elcott:[concerning Milly's marriage to Adam] Oh, I think it's wonderful; love at first sight.
Mrs. Elcott:Alice! What kind of talk is that!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ballets Russes (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lonesome PolecatSee more »

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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular dancing and great music..Keel and Powell never did anything better!, 13 April 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

A permanent place in the history of film musicals is obviously the fate of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' the minute Howard Keel begins to sing 'Bless Your Beautiful Hide'. His robust romantic presence and voice are perfectly suited to blend with Jane Powell's sweet soprano--the Nelson and Jeanette of the '50s era. Jane is as perky as can be as the girl who impulsively marries him only to find that she's expected to keep house for him and his seven handsome brothers. (Echos of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' here and a touch of political incorrectness). But all that can be forgiven, for what follows is the most outrageously entertaining musical treat from the MGM factory--singin' and dancin' like you've never seen before! The exuberant acrobatic dancing of the brothers is a special highlight--particularly during the barnraising sequence. And their wistful rendering of the carefully staged 'Lonesome Polecat' is another high point. Powell and Keel get to warble some enchanting tunes and both are totally charming and professional in their roles. Keel probably never had a better role--except perhaps 'Showboat' or 'Annie Get Your Gun', handsome, macho and utterly believable. By all means reward yourself with this gem--either in regular format or widescreen, it's certainly one of the greatest MGM musicals of the '50s. Perhaps, as others have noted, the only drawbacks are some of the obviously painted mountain backgrounds--but this never destroys the overall charm of the film. The songs are splendid and the dances are as zestful as any you're ever likely to see.

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Marc Platt, one of the brothers dies at age 100 tremas-1
Which brother would you choose lucky_star_1
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I haven't watched it... no reason I see to watch it. jimbo97-1
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Not one memorable song from this movie CaptRon-4
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