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Aided by Adam, the brothers kidnap the six girls, then cause an avalanche in Echo Pass so the townspeople can't pursue them. The Pontipee homestead is cut off from the town until the spring thaw opens Echo Pass again. The only problem: the brothers forgot to bring the parson along to perform the marriages. Milly is furious with Adam and his brothers for kidnapping the women, and she kicks Adam and his brothers out of their house and sends them to the barn to "eat and sleep with the rest of the livestock," while the women stay in the house with her. Adam, angered by Milly's action, leaves for the trapping cabin further up the mountain to spend the winter by himself.
Gideon tells Milly and begs her to tell Adam not to leave, but Milly refuses, saying: "He's gotta learn that he can't treat people this way. Winter slowly passes, and the women vent their frustrations by pulling pranks on the brothers, though there is clear attraction on both sides.
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After Milly announces that she's going to have a baby, the women and the brothers come together as a family. Milly gives birth to a daughter, in the spring. The daughter is named Hannah as a continuum to the names in alphabetical order, the last one being Gideon. Gideon rides to the cabin to inform Adam of his daughter's arrival and asks him to come home. Adam refuses, saying that he had said he would return home when the pass was open.
Adam does return home, when Echo Pass comes open, to reconcile with Milly and meet his new daughter. As a newly responsible father, he has become aware of how worried the townspeople would be about what has happened to the six abducted girls. Adam admits that he would have hung his daughter's kidnapper s on the nearest tree; Milly forgives him for his past behavior. Adam tells his brothers they need to return the women to their families; the brothers are unwilling, believing their parents won't let them marry their daughters, and the other six women refuse to return to their families, lest their parents to force them to return to their former suitors; they run away to hide.
When Milly discovers that they are not in the house, Adam tells the brothers to find them and bring them back. The townspeople arrive, intent on hanging the Pontipee brothers for the kidnappings.
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The fathers, who find the brothers trying to force the women to return to town, misunderstand their efforts as assault, and charge to the girls' rescue. Alice's father, Reverend Elcott Ian Wolfe -- the minister the brothers had forgotten to grab when they took the girls—hears baby Hannah cry in the distance, and worries that the baby might belong to one of the kidnapped girls. Elcott asks the girls whose baby he heard, and to not be afraid to tell.
They each answer "Mine. The film ends with the brothers kissing their respective brides in the living room of the Pontipee cabin. To perform the dance numbers and action sequences, choreographer Michael Kidd wanted dancers to portray all six of Adam Pontipee's brothers. Kidd said that he "had to find a way to have these backwoods men dance without looking ridiculous.
And it could only have been done by superbly trained dancers. All four balanced on a beam together during their barn-raising dance. The wood-chopping scene in Lonesome Polecat was filmed in a single take. Choreographer Michael Kidd originally turned down the film, recalling in "Here are these slobs living off in the woods. We'd be laughed out of the house. Lyricist Johnny Mercer said that the musical numbers were written at Kidd's behest, as an example "of how a songwriter sometimes has to take his cue from his collaborators.
In his introduction to a showing on Turner Classic Movies on January 17, , host Robert Osborne , as well as Jane Powell in her autobiography, The Girl Next Door, both say MGM was much less interested in Seven Brides than it was in Brigadoon which was also filming at the time, even cutting its budget and transferring the money to the Lerner and Loewe vehicle. Most of the movie was shot on the MGM sound stages.
It was here that the escape following the brothers' kidnapping their future brides and the avalanche that closed the pass was filmed. On the DVD commentary, Stanley Donen states that the film was originally shot in two versions, one in CinemaScope and another in normal ratio, because MGM was concerned that not all theaters had the capability to screen it.
Despite the fact that it cost more than the widescreen version to make, he says, the other version was never used. However both versions are available on the DVD release. The dresses worn by the female cast were made from old quilts that costume designer Walter Plunkett found at the Salvation Army.
Mattox can be heard singing the song on the soundtrack album. Contemporary reviews from critics were positive. Weiler of The New York Times called the film "a wholly engaging, bouncy, tuneful and panchromatic package Although the powers at M-G-M are deviating from the normal song-and-dance extravaganza in 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,' it is a gamble that is paying rich rewards. It offers songs, dances and romancing in such a delightful package that word-of-mouth could talk it into solid business at the boxoffice.
Coe of The Washington Post declared: "Dandy dancing, singable songs and the ozone of originality make 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' the niftiest musical I've seen in months. A minor weakness is the playing of Jane Powell, whose Milly is a somewhat colourless figure; Howard Keel, the brides and the brothers, however, are all admirable.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was the 5th most popular film at the British box office in In , the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. In , the film was ranked number in Empire magazine 's list of the greatest films of all time. The critics' consensus states: "Buoyed by crowd-pleasing tunes and charming performances, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers makes a successful transition from Broadway to screen that's sure to please the whole family," despite the fact that the movie was originally produced for film and debuted on Broadway over two decades later.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers disambiguation. Theatrical release poster. Retrieved July 30, Dance Magazine. The Girl Next Door The Independent. The Songs of Hollywood.
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