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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
Jeff Richards ... Benjamin
Russ Tamblyn ... Gideon
Tommy Rall ... Frank
Marc Platt ... Daniel
Matt Mattox Matt Mattox ... Caleb
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... Ephraim
Jane Powell ... Milly
Julie Newmar ... Dorcas (as Julie Newmeyer)
Nancy Kilgas Nancy Kilgas ... Alice
Betty Carr ... Sarah
Virginia Gibson ... Liza
Ruta Lee ... Ruth (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>

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Taglines:

A WONDERFUL, YOUTHFUL, LOVIN', KISSIN' MUSICAL ABOUT SEVEN STOLEN SWEETIES AND THEIR SHOTGUN WEDDINGS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

Among the cost-cutting measures was the use of Ansco color film. The camera stock was cheaper than Technicolor and could be used in any camera. The release prints were struck by Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

In the opening montage sequence where Adam drives his wagon down a hill into town, the 'morning' shadows cast by some roadside bushes are exactly the same as their 'afternoon' shadows, when he and Milly drive back up the hill out of town. See more »

Quotes

Adam: You're beating your head against a stone wall, Milly. You'll never make jackadandies out of them!
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Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When You're in Love
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Jane Powell and Howard Keel
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Suspend disbelief 21st century folk!!!!!
11 November 2004 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

Almost at the top of my favourite movies of all time. My second favourite musical after West Side Story. No I am not gay but I have watched this movie hundreds of times since I first saw it at the age of 7 (thanks Mavis for taking me). This was the film which made dancing acceptable as a male pursuit!! Macho routines choreographed by Michael Kidd. Should have won boatloads of Oscars for a groundbreaking musical. All the people who slate it for its outdated values should get a life and take it for what it is - a movie, not a political tract!! Howard Keel (RIP) will live forever through this fantastic showcase for his talents, as will the rest of the cast. I am about to buy the DVD so I can wallow whenever I like. Try it if you haven't seen it-you will not be sorry -if you have any taste!!


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