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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 5 wins & 12 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(75 articles)
Musicals at the Oscars
 (From Scott Feinberg. 10 September 2014, 1:35 PM, PDT)

'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Dancer Marc Platt Dies at 100
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 31 March 2014, 12:55 PM, PDT)

Sam Attwater bonds with fiancee on Dancing on Ice
 (From Virgin Media - TV. 2 February 2014, 1:15 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Real Men Can Sing AND Dance 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)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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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 | Chile:TE | 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:
Julie Newmar (Dorcas) was already an accomplished dancer but she never got a chance to show off her skills because her dance partner Jeff Richards (Benjamin Pontipee) was a former professional baseball player with no dancing skills.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Takes place largely in Oregon winter, yet in all outdoor scenes no one's breath is visible.See more »
Quotes:
Milly:Good morning my brothers. If you're looking for your outside clothes they're hanging up drying on the line. I came in before and got them. I couldn't get your inside clothes so I'll take them now.
Benjamin Pontipee:Our underwear?
Milly:You're winter underwear that you're sleeping in. You might as well hand it over because you're not gonna get your clothes or food or nothing til you get all cleaned up and shaved.
Benjamin Pontipee:Where's Adam? We wanna talk to Adam.
Milly:He's out plowing, he had his breakfast over a half an hour ago. I got hot muffins waiting, crisp bacon, steak, fryer potatoes, fresh ground coffee. Now do I get that winter underwear or do I have to come in there and take it off of you?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
June BrideSee more »

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42 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Real Men Can Sing AND Dance, 31 August 2005
Author: jriordon from United States

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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Does anyone think the song Lonesome Polecat is a bit...er, peculiar? kkennedy_65
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Cutest Brother??? rogue17
Marc Platt, one of the brothers dies at age 100 tremas-1
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