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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

December 20, 2009 by USA Post 

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is a memorable musical movie from 1954. Did you know Catwoman Julie Newmar was one of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the original 1954 movie? I was reminded of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers because it played last night at 7 PM at MoMA in NYC.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers movie in 1954 marked the centennial of the songwriter Johnny Mercer. With seven songs in the movie, Mercer wrote over 1,500 songs during his career. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was directed by Stanley Donen with music by Gene de Paul and Saul Chaplin and the lyrics written by Johnny Mercer.

The script of the musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was written by Albert Hackett, Dorothy Kingsley and Frances Goodrich, based on the short story by Steven Vincent Benet entitled, The Sobbin’ Women. According to Wikipedia, his story was based on the ancient Roman legend, The Rape of the Sabine Women.

Michael Kidd did the unusual choreography that made Seven Brides for Seven Brothers famous. Kidd created dances from frontier activities such as raising a barn and chopping wood. Popular songs from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers include Barn Dance, House-Raising Dance, Bless Your Beautiful Hide and Wonderful, Wonderful Day.

The story of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers starts with the eldest of seven brothers marrying Milly and bringing her home. Milly teaches the remaining six brothers how to treat a lady so they can find brides of their own. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ends with a group shotgun wedding!

Seven Brides for Seven brothers is a classic movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out YouTube video of the Barnraising Brawl scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to see what it’s all about:

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