SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954) C widescreen 103m. dir: Stanley Donen
w/Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Howard Petrie, Virginia Gibson, Ian Wolfe, Marc Platt, Matt Matox
From The Movie Guide: "Close to perfect. A magical blend of the right story, a great score, and the astonishing choreography of Michael Kidd, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is one of the big screen's most entertaining musicals. The action takes place in Oregon, where Adam (Howard Keel), the oldest of the Pontabee brothers, who live on a ranch high in the mountains, decides to find a bride. In town, he meets Milly (Jane Powell), a waitress, and woos, marries, and takes her back to the homestead, which is considerably less civilized than she'd expected. Soon Adam's brothers decide they, too, would like some female company, and, taking their inspiration from the story of the 'Sobbin' Women' (Sabine women), they kidnap some local beauties, who have to winter at the ranch when an avalanche prevents the townspeople from rescuing them. Come spring, wedding bells ring for all. Based on Stephen Vincent Benet's 'The Sobbin' Women,' SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is a rollicking film with a breathless pace, well-defined characters, and incredible vitality under Stanley Donen's direction, marred marginally by an overlying patina of corny Americana. Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin's scoring won an Oscar. The dynamic dancing is mostly due to the terrific male dancers, whose standouts include the barn-raising and the 'Lonesome Polecat Lament' ballet. Keel and Powell have an adorable chemistry; neither would ever be this well-matched again, which reminds us we would have preferred Powell in for Kathryn Grayson in KISS ME KATE. Look for ripe Julie Newmar (then Newmeyer) among the other brides, whom we always found sexier as a wild-maned brunette."
Besides the Academy Award SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS won for Best Score (Deutsch, Chaplin), it was also nominated for Best Picture, Screenplay (Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley), Cinematography (George Folsey), and Editing (Ralph E. Winters).