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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) »

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because there was no way of distinguishing between them and the Town Suitors, MGM decided to make all the Pontipee Brothers red-headed. See more »

Goofs

the fight in the town happened early in the morning. yet; Milly waited until the evening to scold the brothers for it. See more »

Quotes

Dorcas: I've always wanted to be a June Bride... and have a baby right off, in the spring maybe.
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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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonesome Polecat
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Matt Mattox (dubbed by Bill Lee (uncredited)) and Chorus
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User Reviews

Happy 50th Anniversary, SB4SB
11 February 2004 | by juliafwilliamsSee all my reviews

After 50 years, this movie musical still warms the heart and the senses.

It has been alluded to, revived somehow, often imitated but never duplicated.

The songs, the scenery, the dances are the frosting on the cake.

Although by today's standards SB4SB is dated, it nevertheless remains an industry and studio standard.

A great way to chart the early appearances of Ruta Lee and Julie Newmar, who at the time were using their original respective surnames of Kilmonis and Newmeyer. Don't blink or you'll miss Sheila James, who later went on to appear in The Trouble With Father and, of course, Dobie Gillis. Last, but not least, there's Amber Tamblyn's father, Russ, in his famous hatchet dance (Don't try this at home).

Again, happy 50th anniversary to a cool classic.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers See more »

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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