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Film Released: 1954
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance, Western
Film Directed by: Stanley Donen
Cast/Actors include : Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn
The story is set in 1850s Oregon
and begins when backwoodsman Adam Pontipee, played by Howard
Keel, visits the nearest small town after the winter to restock his farm with provisions such as corn and farming equipment.
He is also determined to take back a wife, much to the townspeople's
revulsion and he is very particular too, boasting that he wants a woman
who is young and pretty but just as importantly, strong and a good cook.
In short someone who can work along side him and do the many chores
required as the wife of a farmer - an unpaid servant.
Milly, played by Jane Powell, works at the local inn where her
tasty food and pretty looks entice many of the local men not only to eat, but
also to court ask her. Her strong will and sassy ways finds her always
refusing them, but when Adam
visits the inn for a meal, she falls in love with him the moment she
sees him and, after a short conversation, agrees to marry him, despite the town parson's advice against it.
So, they get married the very same day and leave for the Pontipee farm in the
Her dreams of having her own home and
cooking for just one man instead of the hoards at the inn are soon shattered
when, upon arriving at the farm, she discovers for the first time, that
Adam has six younger brothers, all of whom live there and all of whom are
uncouth and unkempt.
After a rocky start, Milly takes charge of the
unruly family, teaching them some of the social
graces which will enable them to behave properly in public and even get
themselves wives of their own. Things seem to be going well and on the brothers'
first social outing to the annual festival in town, they fall in love with
six of the most sort after town-girls, who are also quite taken with them.
When they return to the
farm the brothers are all besotted and love sick much to Adam's amusement.
Fed up with their moping about, Adam comes up with a plan to kidnap
the six girls and the parson and carry them up to the farm where they can
all get married - with unforeseen consequences not only for the brothers, but
for Adam too who is faced with Milly's wrath at him having concocted such a
stupid, insensitive and immoral plan - they forgot to kidnap the parson !
After the whole winter snowed in with the
girls during which time Milly has a baby and the girls all fall in love with the
brothers, the townsfolk get together a posse to rescue the girls from the
evil clutches of the backwoodsmen and after much confusion, including the
question as to who the new born baby belongs to, a mass shotgun wedding is
conducted by the parson.
Various foods are mentioned throughout the
film and we've chosen a dish which is mentioned near the beginning when Milly is
on her way to her new home with Adam. When they stop to water the horses, Milly
spies a huge patch of herbs and starts to pick some.
Milly: "It's my wedding bouquet"
Milly: "Makes real nourishing soup "
Here's our version of what she may have had in