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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Albert Hackett (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Adam Pontipee
Jeff Richards ... Benjamin Pontipee
Russ Tamblyn ... Gideon Pontipee
Tommy Rall ... Frank (Frankincense) Pontipee
Marc Platt ... Daniel Pontipee
Matt Mattox Matt Mattox ... Caleb Pontipee
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... Ephraim Pontipee
Jane Powell ... Milly Pontipee
Julie Newmar ... Dorcas Gaylen (as Julie Newmeyer)
Nancy Kilgas Nancy Kilgas ... Alice Elcott
Betty Carr ... Sarah Kine
Virginia Gibson ... Liza
Ruta Lee ... Ruth Jepson (as Ruta Kilmonis)
Norma Doggett Norma Doggett ... Martha
Ian Wolfe ... Rev. Elcott
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Storyline

Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The once-in-a-lifetime musical romp! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siete novias para siete hermanos See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Australia) (1968 re-release)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the late-1960s the original camera negative was damaged when the film was blown-up to 70mm for a re-release. This, along with the problematic color stock, made a restoration impossible for many years. The current restoration of the film is taken from a clean interpositive. See more »

Goofs

When Adam climbs out of the window to get into the tree, the leg he puts out first changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Adam: Morning ma'am.
Lem's girlfriend: Morning backwoodsman.
Adam: Nice day for marrying.
Lem: Well, that's a right good idea.
Lem's girlfriend: Oh Lem, I thought you'd never ask me.
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Alternate Versions

Filmed in two different versions: one in CinemaScope (2:55) and one in a "flat" widescreen (1.77). The CinemaScope version is the one generally screened, but both are available. The main difference between the two versions is a slight difference in angles, some minor differences in sound clarity and finally the "flat" widescreen version features more camera movement in order to capture all the action. Warner Brothers has released a 2-DVD set of this film containing both of these versions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Great American Pastime (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Co'tin'
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jane Powell
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User Reviews

Wow, what a movie, fantastic score and choreography
6 November 2004 | by terry-265See all my reviews

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!

Terry


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