Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Nothing says "romance" like an avalanche

October 10, 2014 Wisconsin Public Television Leave a Comment

Every year, my family pulls a few well-loved DVDs or VHS tapes (yes…we still have a VHS player in the house) off the shelf. Inevitably, somewhere between While You Were Sleeping and Fiddler on the Roof, we end up watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

If you haven’t seen the 1954 classic, check it out tonight at 10:30 p.m. It’s part of WPT’s lineup of classic films and features the always-charming Howard Keel. Keel plays Adam Pontipee, a wild woodsman living in America’s early frontier. When Pontipee brings a wife home, his six brothers are forced to adapt and pick up a few manners: how to fold a napkin, how to cook a proper meal, and – of course – how to perform a choreographed dance.

I’ll let you watch the movie (and you should absolutely watch it), but I’ll tell you right now that between a barn raising, an avalanche, and an isolated winter, all of Pontipee’s strapping red-headed brothers find love in the frontier. For a sneak peak of the action, check out one of my favorite scenes:

I’m not sure if a box-step will get you a bride these days (or if it ever did…let’s be real), but Seven Brides for Seven Brothers remains one of my favorite classic musicals. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, funny and entertaining film to start the weekend with, look no further.

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