With local Murphy and Sonora town exteriors establishing the "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" locations, the construction-paint-decorating departments made major alterations to existing sites; requiring removal of 6' high board fences, shrubs, awnings, existing signs, masking exterior adjacent buildings or parking lots. Asphalt covered parking areas were masked by being covered with dirt for the horses' action scenes, split rail fences added for an improved "Western" locale. Repainting location sight buildings, including roofs, with patina aging the exterior's "new paint" treatment. Specific scenarios required painting distant background grass fields and hills with green paint, specifically to cover the golden brown "dry" grass covered Northern California landscapes. Filming during July through October, usually all the exteriors turned golden brown due to lack of rain fall! The construction coordinator Larry Verne was required to build new roads, and bridges, to create sight access for production vehicles, in order to move the "company" into filming locations. Special balsa wood fences replaced existing corals for stunt stampeded action scenes. Ironically, cows do not follow stunt stampede directions, always stopping at the split rail fence! The cow wranglers, off and outside of camera range, had to "push" the cows through the fences! Building "new" OLD barns on ranch sites, which had to burn down during the plot, required extensive coordination with property owners, Sheriff and Fire Department staff, and local County Government filming permits. See more »
Seven brides For Seven Brothers was a great family show. It starred many of today's favorite actors including: Richard Dean Anderson, Drake Hogstyn, Peter Horton, Terri Treas, Roger Wilson, and River Phoenix. It had wonderful music written by Jimmy Webb especially for the show. If it had been allowed to continue, I think that it would have done very well in the ratings. The story lines were about how a family of seven brothers (with the eldest brother's wife) tried to make a living on their ranch after being orphaned ten years earlier. it would have been interesting to find out more about the family's past, but the show was cancelled before we really got to know them better.
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