Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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: Jul 22, 1954
Production Company: MGM Home Entertainment
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Genre: Classics,Comedy,Drama,Musical & Performing Arts,Western

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Caste and Crew
Director: Stanley Donen
writer: Albert Hackett,Frances Goodrich,Dorothy Kingsley
Howard Keel,Jane Powell,Jeff Richards,Russ Tamblyn,Julie Newmar,Jacques d’Amboise,Tommy Rall,Ruta Lee,Matt Mattox,Virginia Gibson,Marc E. Platt,Betty Carr,Howard Petrie,Ian Wolfe,Nancy Kilgas,Norma Doggett,Earl Barton,Dante DiPaolo,Kelly Brown,Matt Moore,Dick Rich,Marjorie Wood,Russell Simpson,Anna Q. Nilsson,Larry J. Blake,Phil Rich,Lois Hall,Terry Wilson,Russell Saunders,George Robotham,Walter Beaver,Jarma Lewis,Sheila James,I. Stanford Jolley,Tim Graham