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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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Certificate:

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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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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. See more »

Goofs

In several shots during the barn dance, Liza's hair comes loose from her chignon, only to be neatly combed again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Elcott: Sounds like Pansy has the croup.
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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

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

Soundtracks

Spring, Spring, Spring
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Chorus
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An all-time classic, no matter how many times you see it!
23 March 2000 | by carver-5See all my reviews

I've seen this movie about ten times over the years, and it is such a joy to watch! This movie was nominated for Best Picture, and rightly so. The snappy, well written, melodic songs, coupled with the first rate dancing is a match made in Hollywood musical heaven. By the way, did you know that the guy playing "Frank" was borrowed from the New York Ballet?

This film will put a warm fuzzy feeling in you throughout the entire two hours. This movie stands up against "Singin in the Rain", and "On the Town" any day!

See it in the wide-screen version for the full effect!


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