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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a movie musical released in 1954. It was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The script (by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, and Dorothy Kingsley) is based on the short story The Sobbin' Women, by Stephen Vincent Benet.

The film is particularly known for the unusual choreography by Michael Kidd, which makes dance numbers out of such mundane frontier pursuits as chopping wood and (most famously) raising a barn.

Howard Keel appeared as "Adam", Jeff Richards as "Benjamin", Matt Mattox as "Caleb", Marc Platt as "Daniel", Jacques d'Amboise as "Ephraim", Tommy Rall as "Frank", and Russ Tamblyn as "Gideon". (Morton Downey Jr. almost had Russ Tamblyn's part as "Gideon" in this musical.)

Jane Powell appeared as "Milly", and Julie Newmar (of Batman and Rhoda the Robot) as "Dorcas", one of the dancing "brides". Other dancing "brides" included Ruta Lee as "Ruth" and Virginia Gibson as "Liza".

During 1979, Jane Powell and Howard Keel reprised their roles of "Milly" and "Adam" for an off-Broadway stage production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The first Broadway stage production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was in 1982.

A TV series, which was based very loosely on the film, was made in 1982, but it ran only a year.

Plot summary

The film's story is about a backwoodsman named Adam and his new bride Milly, who marries him after knowing him for only a few hours. On returning with him to his cabin in the mountains, Milly is surprised to learn that Adam is one of seven brothers living in the same cabin.



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