Overview: Seven brothers living together in what appears to be a two room cabin up in the mountains of Oregon around 1850. The Eldest, Adam, sets off to town for some supplies and to get married. After their parents passed, it had only been the seven of them and they were in need of a womanly touch around the home. Adam finds and marries Milly, the hotel cook, brings her home to meet her new family. Rightly so, she gets mad at the fact that Adam “forgot” to tell her about the brothers living there and she married him to basically be a maid. The two eventually fall in love, and Milly straightens out the other six into proper gentleman. They all go to town for a barn raising party and meet girls of their own. Well they all get a case of “love at first dance” (and what a dance it is!) and become love sick. Adam, genius that he is, decides to take the boys into town late one night and kidnap all the girls. On the way home, the pass they travel through has an avalanche while they are being pursued by all the townsmen and the women are stuck there through the winter. Of course the women are mad and upset about being kidnapped and Milly sides with them, forcing the menfolk to sleep in the barn. As time goes on the girls start to fall in love. Come spring, the townsmen set off to bring their girls home but there’s a bigger problem they never intended on.
Opinion: Great musical. It was filmed in 1954, so the sets are fake but beautiful. The music; written by Gene de Paul, Adolph Deutsch, and Conrad Salinger; is charismatically performed by an amazing cast. I’m not that big on soprano singers, but Julie Powell has a nice clean voice without taking it too far up in the “screeching” register as some can. Howard Keel (Adam) has a nice low voice, but not as appealing as I have heard from others. He’s not in the song I posted here but he is definitely worth checking out.
One of my favorite dances, happens to be when the boys are love sick and singing about how lonesome they are. It also happens to be one of the most dangerous ones I have seen, because they are woodsmen swinging tools around as if they are toys. I know that they more than likely are toys/fake props, but if you imagine it in real life, they could accidentally chop off someone’s head just because they are in love.
The ending is also really cute, but I’m not going to tell you about it in hopes that you will check it out for yourselves.