Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's a Theater Thursday

I know normally I only post reviews of new up-and-coming-just-released movie. But today's a little bit of a change of pace. Instead I'm participating in Crazy Shenanigan's Thursday Thursday, where I'm writing about one of my favorite means instead. The movie I'm picking for Theater Thursday is...

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Haven't heard of it? I wouldn't be that surprised. The movie starts out with Adam Pontipee, a backwoodsman living in the Oregon territory in the 1850s who goes to town looking for a wife. He meets Millie, marries her and brings her home that day. She thinks it will be romantic being married off in the country with only her and her husband. But she shows up to the house and meets his six other brothers (Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank, and Gideon) who all live in a house together. Think of something similar to Snow White were she has to educate them all.

Once the men realize how lovely having a wife is, they decide they all need wives to. They all go into town for a barn raising where they all meet girls and fall in love immediately. Except the girls already have beaux, so they have a dance off

which then leads to an all out brawl. (I know the video is in Italian, but there's not a lot of talking in the clip for it to really matter.) After they beat up the girls' beaux they're shunned from town, and they no they'll never get to marry the girls they love.

But older brother Adam has a plan for them. Why they'll just kidnap the girls and make them marry them! So all 6 girls are kidnapped, and they creating an avalanche so no one from town can get to them all winter long. While the girls start out upset, the is a musical, by the end of the movie they're all happily in love and get married, hence the title Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Some of the best parts of the movie truly are the songs. There's "Goin Coitin'" where Millie teaches the boys the ins and outs of courting a girl. There's "Sobbin' Women" where the wise oldest brother, Adam teaches his young unmarried brothers that if you kidnap them they might cry for a while. But eventually they'll love you for it. And one of my favorite's Lonesome Polecat, where the brothers sad and alone (after beating the townsmen to a pulp) sing about being lonely in the country. After all "a man can't sleep, when he sleeps with sheep."

It's an instant classic, and so easy to fall in love with. As long as you don't believe in all that modern day feminism stuff. To think there's people out there who actually think a women shouldn't be kidnapped into a marriage. That's ridiculous!

Trust me though, once you've seen the movie its pretty hard to forget, and it really is one of my all time favorites.



  1. I've actually never seen this movie! I'll have to check it out!

  2. Aww fun post! I've never heard or seen of that movie but I will try to remember to check it out if I ever come across it :)

  3. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! You have no idea how happy it made me to see you write about it! My grandmother fed me a heavy diet of old musicals when I was growing up, and this was definitely in the rotation! (and I have it on DVD)


  4. "To think there's people out there who actually think a women shouldn't be kidnapped into a marriage. That's ridiculous! "

    LOL. It's been absolute ages since I've seen that movie. I'd say, 1994.

  5. Great, great movie! My mom always had us watch the classic musicals growing up!

    I haven't seen it in such a long time...I'm going to have to get a copy for my own collection!

  6. I guess I'll have to give it a shot!!