Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954

Adam, a man with six brothers, finds a woman to his liking, marries her, and then helps his brothers find wives of their own. It’s a wonder they got any work done with all the singing and dancing going on. This popular musical showed off the talents of very energetic dancers.

Howard Keel and Jane Powell paired well together in this adventure in the wilderness. Keel plays Adam, the oldest brother and the first to marry. Powell plays Milly, the first of the wives.

Patience is required at times when the men want to have a little fun and frolic. Milly finally makes them understand that their manners must improve before a woman would want them. The men get to try out their new manners when they meet women at a barn raising. Unfortunately, the women already have boyfriends. It’s just a matter of time before the boys all get into a fight. However, they are able to romance the women enough that the women wanted the men who wanted them. 

The film was nominated in five categories at the Academy Awards. The only Oscar it won went to Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

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