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MGM’S “SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS” is set in Oregon in 1850, is particularly known for Kidd’s unusual choreography, which makes dance numbers out of such mundane frontier pursuits as chopping wood and raising a barn.The barn-raising sequence is considered “one of the most rousing dance numbers ever put on screen.”
The film won the Oscar for Best Scoring of a Musical and was nominated for four additional awards, including Best Picture of the year!
(It lost the award to ON THE WATERFRONT). In 2006, American Film Institute named it as one of the best American musical films ever made. Conceived by MGM as a B-movie it instantly won the hearts of the public, and has since gone on to become recognised as one of Hollywood’s finest musicals.
“Accompanying the exhilarating dancing is a fine set of songs, sung with panache, that are memorable for days afterwards, The combination is irresistible….” bbc1.