There are hillbilly men behaving badly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), but no worries. It all ends happily. Stanley Donan directed with the same sure hand he displayed in Singin’ in the Rain, despite all the backlot shots (Ah, Wilderness?). Male dancing abounds, more so than female dancing, and the males sing too, though appropriately none of them can outsing Howard Keel, the lead. None of the gals can outsing Jane Powell, the female lead, either, who gets to deliver two splendid ballads in a row: “Wonderful Wonderful Day” and “One Man.” The music is consistently pleasant. Congrats to Michael Kidd for his choreography.
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