One bride for seven brothers

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German title One bride for seven brothers
Original title Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1954
length 104 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Stanley Donen
script Dorothy Kingsley ,
Frances Goodrich ,
Albert Hackett
production Jack Cummings / MGM
music Gene De Paul
camera George J. Folsey
cut Ralph E. Winters

A Bride for Seven Brothers (Original title: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ) is an American musical - comedy film by the director Stanley Donen from 1954 based on the short story The Sobbin 'Women by Stephen Vincent Benét , which is based on the ancient Roman story The Rape of the Sabine women based by Plutarch . The score was written by Gene De Paul (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics). The choreography comes from Michael Kidd .


Just a few hours after meeting, Milly marries the hillbilly Adam. Arriving at Adam's cabin in the mountains, Milly notices that Adam is one of seven brothers who live as lumberjacks in the same cabin. The brothers all have red hair and are all tall. Their first names come from the Bible and are arranged alphabetically: Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Franziskus (Frank for short) and Gideon. Milly takes on the rough brothers and teaches them social behavior, manners and also dancing. It is of course difficult for the brothers, but they realize that this is the only way to find women for themselves. The brothers can test what they have learned at a topping-out ceremony. You meet six women, Dorcas, Ruth, Martha, Liza, Sarah and Alice. The women like the brothers, but they all have admirers who, in their jealousy, engage the brothers in a fight. Although the brothers did not start the argument, they were kicked out of town.

Winter is coming, the brothers long for women. Adam reads them a story about the "Rape of the Sabine Women" and tells his brothers to do the same. The kidnapping succeeds, but the kidnapped women are upset and Milly is angry with Adam. When Milly assigns the stable as a place to sleep for the six brothers, Adam withdraws to the mountains.

Spring is coming and the women have fallen in love with the brothers. The brothers court them, and Milly gives birth to a daughter she names Hannah. Gideon rushes to Adam to inform him of his fatherhood and to bring him back home. But Adam decides not to come back until the passports are open. When spring finally comes, Adam comes back. He wants to know how people in town feel about the incidents. He suggests that his brothers take the women back to their homes, but the brothers refuse. The women don't want to go back either. When the women are out of the house, Adam gets his brothers to find them and bring them home.

The townspeople who want to hold the brothers responsible for the kidnapping arrive at the hut. You will find the brothers who are busy bringing the women back to town. The fathers misunderstand the situation and try to save their daughters. Alice's father, a preacher, hears baby screams and assumes it is one of the women's baby. The brothers are now surrounded by the fathers who intend to hang them. When the preacher asks whose baby is crying, all women declare themselves to be the baby's mother. Since they cannot solve the riddle, the townspeople let the couple get married.


MGM had to wait five years to buy the rights to Benét's short story. The film was then shot within 48 days, with rehearsals for the topping-out ceremony alone lasting three weeks. Only four of the brothers' actors were actually dancers. Tamblyn was a gymnast and Richards, formerly a baseball player, was an actor only. Since Jacques d'Amboise was under contract with the New York City Ballet , he had to leave the set early due to scheduling reasons. His role as Ephraim was taken over by someone else during the last few days of shooting. The wedding dresses come from the Salvation Army.

A number of Oscar winners were involved in the making of the film : the film editor Ralph E. Winters , the film architects Cedric Gibbons and Urie McCleary , the outfitters Hugh Hunt and Edwin B. Willis , the costume designer Walter Plunkett , the sound engineer Douglas Shearer , the Special effects technicians A. Arnold Gillespie and Warren Newcombe , musical directors Saul Chaplin and Adolph Deutsch, and songwriter Johnny Mercer .

In the USA, the film grossed just under 6.3 million US dollars.


"Well-staged and spirited choreographed show around a story that is borrowed from the story of the 'Rape of the Sabine Women'", was the lexicon of international films . TV Spielfilm said: "MGM, specialists in musicals, created one of the most typical American musical comedies full of lively melodies and rousing dance scenes with A Bride for Seven Brothers ." The conclusion of Cinema was: "Virtuoso dance scenes, Oscar-winning music."


At the 1955 Academy Awards , Eine Bride for Seven Brothers was awarded the Oscar in the Best Film Music category (Adolph Deutsch, Saul Chaplin) . The film was also nominated in the categories of Best Picture , Best Adapted Screenplay (Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley), Best Cinematography - Color (George J. Folsey) and Best Editing (Ralph E. Winters).

That same year, Jeff Richards received a Golden Globe in the Best New Actor category . The screenplay was again awarded the Writers Guild of America Award . The National Board of Review named the musical one of the ten best films of the year, which was also nominated for a British Academy Film Award . Stanley Donen was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award.

In 2004 the film was included in the National Film Registry .

The template "The Rape of the Sabine Women"

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Individual evidence

  1. See Business in the Internet Movie Database
  2. One bride for seven brothers. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 15, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. The great TV feature film film lexicon . Volume 1. area Verlag, ISBN 3-89996-578-7 .
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