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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 6 August 1954 (USA)
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 »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Keywords:

farm | barn | cook | marriage | 1850s | See All (252) »

Taglines:

SINGIN'! DANCIN'! ROMANCIN'! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Played at the Radio City Music Hall in New York in a slot that was originally intended for Brigadoon (1954). See more »

Goofs

In the "June Bride" number, after the 6 girls kneel on the bedroom floor, you can see that the knees of their bloomers are visibly soiled. A few seconds later, they are white again. See more »

Quotes

Milly: Somehow it just don't seem fittin' for a bridegroom to spend his weddin' night in a tree.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Jacques d'Amboise (Ephraim) is listed as appearing courtesy of the New York City Ballet. See more »

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

Spin-off Here Come the Brides (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobbin' Women
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Howard Keel and Brothers
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Seems to be rather timeless.
5 April 2004 | by triple8See all my reviews

Ok-will admit I'm to young to have seen this movie when it first came out-wasn't even born yet! But a friend of mine(who has GREAT taste) pursueded me to watch it one night. She thought, knowing I'm a big fan of musicals that I would like this.

I must confess I fought her on it-mainly because I, being the generation xer I am, prefer, generally more modern musicals. But I gave in and did watch it and am glad I did. This musical was very enjoyable! Despite the somewhat traditional feel to it, there's a quality that's very appealing and you really get into it. I liked it more then I thought I would.

Now, that still doesn't mean that this is my favorite musical but it is a pretty darn good one and appears to have a somewhat timeless quality to-the characters are sometimes zany and full of fun, the story is a clever one and it is the rare moment when your bored. That was good enough for me and I wouldn't be adverse to a second viewing.

I think this musical transcends the age factor and can appeal to people of all ages and that's a plus. I did enjoy this though my faves still run along the line of "Chicago" but this is a wonderfully inviting musical that anyone(as long as they like musicals) can enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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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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