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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Details

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Based extremely loosely on the Stephen Vincent Benet story Sobbin' Women," Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the best MGM musicals of the 1950s. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontabee (Howard Keel) and his six brothers, played by Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Mark Platt, Matt Mattox, and Jacques d'Amboise (it is no coincidence that five of those six boys are played by professional dancers). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Jane Powell), she is appalled at the brothers' slovenliness and sets about turning these unwashed louts into immaculate gentlemen. During the boisterous barn-raising scene, the brothers get into a scuffle with a group of townsmen over the affection of six comely lasses: Virginia Gibson, Julie Newmeyer (later Newmar), Ruth Kilmonis (later Ruth Lee), Nancy Kilgas, Betty Carr, and Norma Doggett (yep, most of the girls are dancers, too). Yearning to become husbands like their big brother, they ask Adam for advice. Alas, he has been reading a book about the abduction of the Sabine Women (or, as he puts it, the Sobbin' Women); and, in order to claim their gals, Adam explains, the boys must kidnap them--which they do, after blocking off all avenues of escape. Vowing to remain on their best behavior, the boys make no untoward advances towards their reluctant female guests--not even during one of the coldest winters on record. Comes the spring thaw, the angry townsfolk come charging up the mountain, demanding the return of the stolen girls (who, by this time, have "tamed" their men). A happy ending is ultimately had by all in this delightful if politically incorrect concoction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 22, 1954

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph Winters Best Editing 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adolph Deutsch Best Musical Score 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Hackett Best Screenplay 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dorothy Kingsley Best Screenplay 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frances Goodrich Best Screenplay 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Cummings Best Picture 1954 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Donen Best British Film 1954 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Stanley Donen Best Director 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Chaplin Best Musical Score 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Folsey Best Color Cinematography 1954 Nominee

Cast

Howard Keel
as Adam Pontabee
Jeff Richards
as Benjamin Pontabee
Russ Tamblyn
as Gideon Pontabee
Tommy Rall
as Frank Pontabee
Jane Powell
as Milly Pontabee
Julie Newmar
as Dorcas
Matt Mattox
as Caleb Pontabee
Howard Petrie
as Pete Perkins
Jacques D'Amboise
as Ephraim Pontabee
Nancy Kilgas
as Alice
Virginia Gibson
as Liza
Ian Wolfe
as Rev. Elcott
Earl Barton
as Harry
Dante DiPaolo
as Matt
Matt Moore
as Ruth's Uncle
Dick Rich
as Dorcas' Father
Russell Simpson
as Mr. Bixby
Lois Hall
as Girl
Jarma Lewis
as Lem's Girl Friend
Phil Rich
as Prospector
George Robotham
as Swains
Russell Saunders
Ruta Lee
as Ruth
Sheila James
as Dorcas' Sister
I. Stanford Jolley
as Father
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Mrs. Elcott
Lois Hall
as Girl
I. Stanford Jolley
as Father
Sheila James
as Dorcas' Sister
Jarma Lewis
as Lem's Girl Friend
Ruta Lee
as Ruth
George Robotham
as Swains
Phil Rich
as Prospector

Crew

Stanley Donen
Director
Jack Cummings
Producer
Dorothy Kingsley
Screenwriter
Albert Hackett
Screenwriter
Frances Goodrich
Screenwriter
George Folsey
Cinematographer
Gene de Paul
Songwriter
Adolph Deutsch
Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Saul Chaplin
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Winters
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Urie McCleary
Art Director
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Michael Kidd
Choreography
Alex Romero
Assistant Choreographer
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