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Seven brides for seven brothers - Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Stanley Donen

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Movie propaganda

MGM's love-making musical!

Adam Pontipee (Howard Keel), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly Pontipee (Jane Powell) to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers - all living in his cabin (Benjamin (Jeff Richards), Gideon (Russ Tamblyn), Frankincense/Frank (Tommy Rall), Daniel (Marc Platt), Caleb (Matt Mattox) and Ephraim (Jacques D'Amboise)). Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers' loneliness... kidnap the women they want!

Persons of interest

  • Jane Powell .... Milly Pontipee
  • Howard Keel .... Adam Pontipee
  • Jeff Richards .... Benjamin Pontipee
  • Russ Tamblyn .... Gideon Pontipee
  • Tommy Rall .... Frankincense "Frank" Pontipee
  • Marc Platt .... Daniel "Dan" Pontipee
  • Matt Mattox .... Caleb Pontipee
  • Jacques d'Amboise .... Ephraim Pontipee
  • Julie Newmar .... Dorcas Gailen
  • Nancy Kilgas .... Alice Elcott
  • Betty Carr .... Sarah Kine
  • Virginia Gibson .... Liza
  • Ruta Lee .... Ruth Jebson
  • Norma Doggett .... Martha
  • Ian Wolfe .... Reverend Elcott
  • Howard Petrie .... Pete Perkins
  • Earl Barton .... Harry
  • Dante DiPaolo .... Matt
  • Kelly Brown .... Carl
  • Stephen Vincent Benet .... Author: The sobbin' women
  • Albert Hackett .... Screenwriter
  • Frances Goodrich .... Screenwriter
  • Dorothy Kingsley .... Screenwriter
  • Stanley Donen .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I saw nothing. This DVD was stolen from my office but I won't name names because that won't get them back or bring the two scum-sucking culprits to justice.

Meanwhile, when I first saw Seven brides for seven brothers all those years ago, it seemed a little fake, as if it were shot in a studio rather than out on the range. I had an eye for penny pinching even then, although it should be said that everyone did the same thing because movies were the TV of their day. Don't matter if they've seen it before, just slap on a new coat of paint and turn it upside down.

Seven brides for seven brothers is as cheesy as it sounds but a great stocking filler for Xmas.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary: Sobbin' women: The making of "Seven brides for seven brothers"
  • Languages (Dolby mono 5.1): English
  • Languages (Dolby mono 1.0): French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English and Italian captions

Security censorship classification


Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 4 September 2000
DVD retail: 10 November 2004

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