Seven Brides For Seven Brothers


(out of 5)

A young woman (Eleanor Powell) living in the Old Wild West meets a handsome fella (Howard Keel) and after one day takes up his offer to come and live with him in the mountains and be his wife. Once she gets there she discovers that not only does she have to cook and clean for him in his run-down shack of a home, she also has to look after his six unruly younger brothers. Not one to run away from a challenge, she proceeds to smarten the dirty, ragged bunch up and make them marriageable for women in the town. Unfortunately, the more she succeeds with them, the more she is distanced from her increasingly stubborn husband. This delightful musical ended up being one of MGM’s biggest hits of all time, winning an Academy Award for its excellent music that features a bevy of memorable, original songs. The central piece, a dance involving a barn-raising, is stunningly choreographed by Hollywood dancemaker Michael Kidd.

USA, 1954

Directed by Stanley Donen

Screenplay by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley, based on the story The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet

Cinematography by George J. Folsey

Academy Award
Best Music (Music Score of a Musical Picture) (Adolph Deutsch, Saul Chaplin)

Best Cinematography (Colour) (George Folsey)
Best Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters)
Best Motion Picture (Jack Cummings, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award
Best Written American Musical

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Stanley Donen)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film From Any Source