Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1954 - SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, a high point for the MGM musical

An acknowledged classic MGM musical.  This film is unusual in that it is an original musical with music and choreography created especially for this film.

MGM had so little faith in this film that they cut the budget which accounts for some of the phony sets the actors perform against.  It turned out to be when of their biggest box office hits of that year beating out their overblown turkey Brigadoon.

The film was very well directed by Stanley Donen with the dances and musical numbers staged by Michael Kidd.  The dance numbers particularly the barn raising number are extremely well done.

A superior example of the Hollywood musical during the 1950's.

102 minutes.

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