Genre Grandeur: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Musical Movie)

Absolutely no doubt, the grandeur musical for me is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched it – many, many times as a young girl and since I’ve bought it on DVD, quite a few times as an adult.

It has Adam (Howard Keel), one of 7 brothers living a way out of the closest town, wanting a wife. Where better than to start than the nearest (yet far) town? Looking over many prospects, he finally casts his eye on Milly (Jane Powell) who, quite an independent woman for her time, decides she is ready to marry. And Adam is it. Ceremony over, they head back to Adam‘s place where she is introduced to the reality – 7 backwoodsmen living in a right old mess with little manners. While she changes the situation, the remaining six brothers decide they too would like wives and head off to town to get some (unwilling ones though). What better situation than an avalanche and a snowy winter to keep the ladies from getting back to town…and keeping them close to the brothers. Of course, by the end they’re not keen to leave.

With some wonderful songs that I’m humming right bow (“Bless your Beautiful Hide”, “Wonderful Day” and “Goin’ Courtin'” always stand out), this musical is a delight. It has some bittersweet moments too. Adam’s return to his home always has me a little teary-eyed. The barn scene is absolute pure fun.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was nominated for 5 Oscars of which it won one: “Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture”. The remaining nominations were: “Best Picture”, “Best Writing, Screenplay”, “Best Cinematography, Color” and “Best Film Editing”

While it may be criticised these days for the theme, don’t think too much. Just enjoy it for what it was back then. Sit back, hum along and have fun.

Head on over to MovieRob to see the other Genre Grandeur entries for this month. The genre was chosen by  Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond. Next month’s choice of genre comes from Ghezal of Ghezal Plus Movies with Film Noir.




  1. Dear Catherine,

    I was just wondering if you know whether or not you’ll be able to participate in the “Singing Sweethearts Blogathon.” If you find that you will be able to participate, please let me know so I can put you down on the roster!

    If you need any suggestions, I would be glad to give some. Since you may write about movies which Jeanette and Nelson made separately, as well as the ones they made together, there are quite a few films from which to choose.

    Please let me know if you can participate. The blogathon is drawing near, and I have few participants, so I would greatly appreciate a contribution from you.

    Many thanks and good wishes!


    Rebekah Brannan

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    1. Hi Rebekah,

      Thanks for taking the time to write to me. I’m going to give this round a miss as I really don’t know who these actors are and so won’t be able to do them any justice. I promise that as soon as I “know” someone I’ll join in.

      Have a lovely day,

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  2. Dear Catherine,

    This is a fine article! “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” has always been one of my favorites. The musical numbers are indeed wonderful. One of my favorite lines is in the “Goin’ Courtin'” scene; when Millie asks Caleb why he doesn’t lift an imaginary hat, he replies, “My hair ain’t combed!” In fact, this has always been one of my favorite scenes. ‘Spbbi’ Women” is also a great one, and Adam’s homecoming scene is indeed a touching point in the movie.

    I, Rebekah Brannan, have not participated much in the blog world in the past, but I intend to become more involved now. I have read some of your other articles, and they are all informative and enjoyable.

    I would like very much for you to participate in my upcoming blogathon, The Singing Sweethearts Blogathon, which will be my first real participation in PEPS. This blogathon, which will be hosted around Valentine’s Day, is celebrating the famous singing team Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

    You can read the rules of the blogathon at: If you want to join, please comment and tell me your topic, if you have chosen one. I hope you’ll join me in honoring this brilliant team and the holiday of love!


    Rebekah Brannan

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    1. Hi Rebekah, thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I actually happened to see you blogathon last night…will need to look this couple up as have never heard of them. I’ll do this during next week when I am off and will then get back to you.
      Enjoy the rest of your week.

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      1. Dear Catherine,

        I’m sorry that I haven’t responded sooner. I’ve been busy recently because of the holidays and this is my first chance to respond to you.

        I’m glad that you’re going to learn about this brilliant pair because of my blogathon! I hope that you’ll watch one of their films and join us, since we’d love to have you!

        Thank you very much!


        Rebekah Brannan

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