“Well, Pa used to say love is kind of like the measles. You only get it once. The older you are, the tougher it goes.” – Adam
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (video in the 80’s and 90’s and 24 Apr 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A rugged frontiersman comes to town in order to find a wife and the woman he chooses tries to civilize him and his 6 brothers who are also interested in finding wives for themselves.
My Take on it – This another film that I saw so many times as a kid because it was among my mother’s favorite films.
After not having seen it in quite a while, the songs easily came back to me and I found myself humming some of the tunes for hours after watching it.
The way that this film is choreographed helps make it so much fun to watch because it is done so perfectly.
My favorite scene is the barn raising scene and it’s quite enjoyable to watch how they all ‘fight’ one another using dance moves.
Scenes like this one reminded me of some of the ‘fight’ scenes in West Side Story (1961) which is pretty ironic because Russ Tamblyn is in both films.
They do a great job showing how ‘macho’ characters can still be respected while singing and dancing their way across the frontier.
Despite this being extremely fun to watch, the storyline itself is quite dated and many of the actions of the characters would probably be considered felonious today (or perhaps even back then).
Love Howard Kiel as the leads
Bottom Line – Amazingly choreographed which makes it so much fun to watch. The barn raising scene is so much to watch. The songs are extremely catchy and I got such a kick out of watching the way fights takes place in a world filled with dancing. Numerous scenes reminded me of West Side Story (1961) by the way they dealt with ‘macho’ characters having to sing and dance. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Only four of the brothers were dancers. Russ Tamblyn (Gideon) was an acrobat, and Jeff Richards (Benjamin) was an actor. Benjamin rarely dances in the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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Ah…the number of times I saw this as a kid…too many to count. I know the songs by heart! Still enjoy watching it now.
I love this movie. Even in my feminist college phase I couldn’t hate it