Directed by Stanley Donen • 1954 • United States
Starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Jeff Richards
Like a favorite flannel shirt, everything fits right in this rugged whoop-for-joy musical directed by Stanley Donen, choreographed by Michael Kidd, and featuring an exhilarating Gene de Paul/Johnny Mercer score that won an Academy Award. When the eldest of seven brothers (Howard Keel) living on the frontier in the Oregon Territory returns with a bride (Jane Powell), she is shocked to learn that her new home includes six untamed, unkempt, and uncouth brothers-in-law. Her efforts to turn the six brothers into gentlemen inspire them to find wives of their own, leading to an all-out, singing, dancing, Wild West battle of the sexes in one of the greatest movie musicals ever filmed.