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.


One of the highlights of the '50s musical, this is a rollicking romance with rousing songs and spirited dancing. Keel and six brothers run a ranch in Oregon in the mid-1800s, a lonely life and one noticeably lacking in female companionship. So Keel ventures to town where he convinces Powell to accompany him to the rance without clueing her in to the six unwashed brothers also sharing the house. After Powell mops up the household, the brothers yearn for a little companionship themselves and run off with six girls from town. An avalanche conveniently strands the mob on the ranch for the winter, after which a mass marriage seal the deal.

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

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

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

Caleb: There were no F names in the Bible so Ma named him Frankincense because he smelled so sweet.

Milly: [after the barn fight] Frank?
Frank: Kick in the pants.

Milly: Don't you like girls?
Gideon: We ain't never hardly ever seen one.

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Facts about

Played at the Radio City Music Hall in New York in a slot that was originally intended for Brigadoon.
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.
Scenes for the widescreen version were shot in the morning and, for the normal ratio, in the afternoon.
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