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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 »
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)

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One of the truly durable musicals See more (127 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 | 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:
Jeff Richards (a former professional baseball player) was one of the two "brothers" not chosen for his dancing ability. The other being Howard Keel, who was an actor/singer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Milly's white dress is long at the barn raising and when she returns home to minister to the brawling brothers. However, when she's dancing with Frank it's a little above her ankles.See more »
Quotes:
Gideon:[after Millie gives birth] I'm an uncle!
[faints]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sobbin' WomenSee more »

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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
One of the truly durable musicals, 8 November 2004
Author: Peter LaNore from United States

Howard Keel died yesterday bringing a lifetime of energetic and fun films to a close. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was one of those films. It had catchy memorable tunes with strong hooks that stay in the brain for days. It took full advantage of brilliant color, fabulous choreography, and even managed to have that one thing that too many musicals eschew... a plot... complete with character arcs. Adam Pontipee is the eldest of seven brothers who decides that living in a squalor with six other scroungy bachelors and horrible cooking has gone on long enough. When Milly agrees to marry him on the day they meet, everyone's in for a shock.

Adam finds that a wife is more than a cooking and cleaning slave and that his actions can effect others far more than he ever thought. Milly learns that expectations and dreams don't always work out the way you hope, but they can still work out. The six brothers learn that there's more to life than chopping wood, that Adam isn't always right and that you can't just take what you want. And six young women (the brides) discover that there are more choices than the ones people put in front of you.

The movie asks some hard questions and doesn't answer all of them. Initially the brides are all quite take with the brothers, until the bachelors in town chase them back into the mountains. When the bachelors decide to kidnap the brides we have to ask ourselves how such an act could work out well. Before we heap indignities on the writers, we should also ask whether the townsfolk should be allowed to chase off anyone who might contend for the affections of the girls they have their eyes on. That's one of the finest points of this movie. These aren't matters of black and white. This is a story of humanity and of men and women. But mostly, this is a fine musical and part of Howard Keel's enduring legacy.

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