On an 1850s Oregon homestead, the eldest of seven boys (Howard Keel) decides the time is right for marriage, takes his cart into town and comes home with a new, headstrong wife (Jane Powell). As the appalled bride gets the ragged house in order, the brothers become atwitter with restless excitement and seek out mates of their own. Stanley Donan's adaptation of the Broadway hit to notable for its phenomenal dance sequences which make wonderful use of the medium. Aside from that the story is paltry and the music forgettable, although Keel and Powell are endearing.
*** out of ****