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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Overview:

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Stanley Donen and produced by Jack Cummings.

The film was based on the short story The Sobbin' Women written by Stephen Vincent Benet published in Argosy Magazine in Nov 1938.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2004.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyGeorge FolseyNominated
Best Film EditingRalph E. WintersNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdolph Deutsch, Saul ChaplinWon
Best PictureJack Cummings, ProducerNominated
Best WritingAlbert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy KingsleyNominated
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On Blu-ray: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

By KC on Jul 25, 2018 From Classic Movies

I’ve always been a bit iffy about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), as I feel anyone should be about a film that takes an essentially light view of kidnapping innocent young women from their homes. Perhaps that is why so much time has passed since the last time I saw this musical which, ... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 13, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). June is the traditional month for weddings so througho... Read full article


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

By Beatrice on Dec 22, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Directed by Stanley Donen Written by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich and Dorothy Kingsley based on a story by Stephen Vincent Millay 1954/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #294 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Adam: What do I need ma... Read full article


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954, Stanley Donen)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 26, 2015 From The Stop Button

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a lot of fun. The songs are always pretty good, with some standouts and the dance numbers are fantastic (ditto the choreographed fight sequences–director Donen and cinematographer George J. Folsey shoot it all beautifully), and the cast is likable. But there&... Read full article


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 19, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The title gives a clear indication of what this Stanley Donen musical will be about, but it does not tell us how we will arrive at that conclusion. It all begins when a woodsman named Adam (Howard Keel) comes to town intent on finding himself a cute and handy bride. That he does in Milly (Jane Powel... Read full article


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Quotes from

Adam: [singing to Gideon about being in love] How can you tell what's in its spell? How can you tell unless you've tried it? Wait for that kiss you're certain of. And let your heart decide when you're in love.


Rev. Elcott: Sounds like Pansy has the croup.


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


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Facts about

The censors weren't too happy about the line in the song "Lonesome Polecat" where the brothers lament "A man can't sleep when he sleeps with sheep". By not showing any sheep in the same shot as the brothers, the film-makers were able to get away with it.
MGM had waited five years to acquire the rights to Stephen Vincent Benet's short story, as Broadway producer Joshua Logan had optioned the story as a potential stage musical.
On the 2004 DVD commentary, Stanley Donen claims that there were two versions made of the film: one in CinemaScope and another in the standard screen ratio of the day. Each scene shot in CinemaScope had to be re-shot for the standard version. This was out of MGM's concern that not all theatres had the equipment to screen films in CinemaScope. Although the standard version was more expensive than the CinemaScope version, it was never released theatrically. However, it did play on Turner Classic Movies in the late 1990s and is featured as a special feature on the 2004 DVD.
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