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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>

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Taglines:

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siete novias para siete hermanos See more »

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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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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, director Stanley Donen wanted to and was willing to film on location in Oregon, where the story is set. However, due to MGM's demand of filming a standard version for theaters that couldn't not show CinemaScope, that wasn't possible due to the budget. As a result, many outdoor shots were filmed at MGM with painted canvases as backgrounds. See more »

Goofs

Frank's flap on his red shirt changes from a v shape like Ephraim's to a square like Gideon's throughout the same scene. See more »

Quotes

Milly: Raise your hat. What's the matter, Caleb?
Caleb: My hair ain't combed.
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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

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Soundtracks

Spring, Spring, Spring
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Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Chorus
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It still holds up today!
3 November 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Adam Pontipee (Howard Keel) lives with his six brothers in a cabin in a remote area of the woods. He goes to town one day and convinces a girl named Milly (Jane Powell) to marry him. They return to the cabin, where she suddenly realizes he has six brothers.

Milly tries to teach them some manners after her initial shock, but they are not entirely keen to change their ways. They are, however, anxious to get wives of their own.

After Adam reads about Roman capturing of Sabine women, he hatches a plan for his brothers - kidnap whoever they want to marry and bring them back to the cabin.

"Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers" is, today, somewhat of a classic; Stanley Donen adapts the screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich and Dorothy Kingsley; their combined efforts are superb.

I have grown up on this film and was surprised at the fact that, after having seen it very recently, it continues to hold up as well as it did when I was younger. I recommend it to everyone of all ages - it's funny, charming, sweet-natured and very enjoyable.


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