Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Directed by Stanley Donan
Written by Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Dorothy Kingsley
Adam Pontipee comes to a town from out in the backwoods, sings a song and picks up a wife, Milly. I’m so happy I could sing!
Fifties Hollywood was a weird place, and it was weird for the musicals it produced. To the modern eye you can really see the matt paintings. It’s a very odd story. Adam’s brothers are all jealous of his wife, and they go into town and meet girls and then a couple of months later they kidnap them.
Over time the girls (perhaps cabin fever?) start to like the boys (Stockholm syndrome?) and then in the end when their daddy’s come to rescue them don’t want to go and trick the boys into marrying them, which is what the boys wanted in the first place… so… Um.
There was a really weird barn raising dance battle sequence. But the best thing was the boys are sad in the snow and do a sad ballet around their farming equipment sequence.
The whole thing… it just feels really wrong. I mean, you can kind of say ‘oh it was a different time’ but it’s really not okay. They kidnap six women! And we’re meant to just think it’s cute and funny? Ehhhhh
Does it make me love the people? … I … don’t know any more.
Bechdel test: The girls talk to each other about how bored they are and what book to read, also about how they miss their families and mothers, and also about the boys. Definitely a pass though.
Best in the sense of one of the most upsetting, Milly, the new wife to Adam: “I’d like to be wearing something that belonged to your mother”
State of Mind: Didn’t like it.