Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

LUKE: I’m not trying anything on.
LORELAI: Hey, its not like the lumberjack look will ever go out; it won’t. But just once, wouldn’t it be nice not to be dressed like an extra from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a 1954 musical film, directed by Stanley Donen with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene De Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and choreography by Michael Kidd. The screenplay is inspired by the short story The Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benét, a parody of the Rape of the Sabine Women from Roman mythology.

The film is set in the backwoods of Oregon in the 1850s, and is about seven brothers who are tough mountain men, seeking a bride for each of them in spite of a whole town’s opposition. After reading the story by Benét, the brothers kidnap six women (one brother already has a wife) to marry them, and hi-jinks ensue: luckily the women aren’t averse to the kidnapping. Notably, the film is about how these rough men must change their attitudes and appearance in order to attract women and make them happy, just as Lorelai is trying to change Luke’s image.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a commercial success, and did especially well in the UK. It won the Academy Award for Best Music, and is regarded as one of the best musical films, although still more popular with British audiences.

3 thoughts on “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    1. Benjamin was played by Jeff Richards, one of only two non-dancers chosen to play the seven brothers (he usually spends the dance numbers in the background). Like Scott Patterson who played Luke on “Gilmore Girls”, Richards was a professional baseball player before he became an actor. Despite his charm and good looks, he never again got top-billing in a successful film. 😦 You can catch him in the western film “The Marauders” though – it’s on DVD.


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