Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Movie Clip Wednesday: Best movie from the 1950s

Well folks it's time to get back to the salt mine and forget about all this holiday frivolity. We need to get down to the serious stuff our weekly installment of Movie Clip Wednesday, hosted by Milk River Madman If you wish to play. Post a clip on your site. Try to make it 3 minutes or less, then stop by MRM's site say I'm up, with the title of your movie. You can also see who else is playing. And find some very interesting and differing perspectives on a single topic. The topic for this week: Best movie from the 1950s. There are so many good ones I found myself careening around you-tube and wasted entirely too much time watching clip after clip. I also realize that I've posted several of my favorites already. The Day the Earth Stood Still and Creature from the Black Lagoon to name a couple. I thought about The Blob, a great movie with Steve Mcqueen. Then there was Mr. Roberts (nope Buzz just used this one) or Bridge over the River Kwai and Strategic Air Command. Well you see what I mean, I had to choose something. Then I thought of musicals, the problem there are so many good ones. Brigadoon, The King and I and Singin' in the Rain, all favorites of mine. Anyway I can see your getting bored. So here it is Seven Brides for Seven brothers. A 1954 musical starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. It was nominated for best picture. The dance numbers are hard to beat and this one became famous for its humor and excellent choreography. Please enjoy the dance at the barn raising.

19 comments:

moi said...

Karl chose color! I'm laughing my butt off at those shirts. I've never seen this movie, nor do I know the story, but perhaps that's how the brides distinguish the brothers? "You take the yellow one, I'll snag me the red one . . ." and so on? I assume everyone eventually lives happily ever after, too. And the brides get their men in something more appropriate. Like flannel plaid.

Happy MCW, Karl!

Karl said...

Moi: Ha, that's one way to look at it. The brothers were named from the old testament Adam-Gideon. They kidnapped their brides.

Pam said...

Kym loves this movie, but it is one of the musicals that has never set well with me. Interesting choice!!! Happy MCW.

Karl said...

Pam: Well that's one good thing about the fifties, there were so many musicals to choose from.

Milk River Madman said...

Karl,
You don't know how close we blog jinxed. I almost picked this along with Kwai. It's such a great story. Kidnapping women for a life of servitude on the frontier. Makes my eyse misty.

Very good musical. Powerful voices. Pretty ladies. Very 1950's. Great choice.

Happy MCW.

Roses said...

It's one of the musicals I haven't seen. The whole kidnapping women thing, just didn't sit right with me.

But, that's what I love about MCW. All the different choices people make.

Happy MCW!

Troll said...

I danced once. Haven't seen this movie though.

Happy MCW!

Karl said...

MRM: I'd bet you know a few places where that avalanche trick would actually work.

Roses: Don't let a little abduction get in the way of a good time. By the end of the movie the girls were willing partners. Of course that could've been Stockholm syndrome. No no no, it's a Hollywood musical. Everybody was happy in the end.

Troll: You danced? I can see it now, battle ax in one hand and a club in the other. Likely there is a bonfire in the background.

Buzz Kill said...

The Pontipees! One of the few musicals I like. Love the scene where Milly makes this huge dinner for the brothers (pretty good food porn that) and and she rings the dinner bell and they wipe out all the food on the table in like 10 seconds.

It also featured the the infamous line in the song "Lonesome Polecat" where the brothers sing "A man can't sleep when he sleeps with sheep". Bwahahaha

And I'm laughing at the madman's recap of he plot.

Happy MCW!

Karl said...

Buzz Kill: Doesn't food disappear like that your place?

I must admit, I missed the sheep line.

Kinda goes back to that quote from Conan, doesn't it.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

ahah..I found you again..

Karl said...

Jackie Sue: Gee, I didn't know, I was lost.

Boxer said...

I missed MCW, but just wanted to say this is one of my all time favorite musicals. Mr. Boxer and I saw a Broadway version in the early 80's and it was even better. I loved the dancing and have always a "thing" for Howard Keel. Good pick.

Karl said...

Boxer: I missed your input. What would your movie have been? Broadway better than the movie, I would have loved to see it.

fishy said...

I adore musicals! I liked this movie and love the theatre version of this story. Give me joy! Give me entertainment! Give me music!
This GREAT choice has it all.

Karl said...

Fishy: That's quite an endorsement, I'm glad you liked it.

savannah said...

this was one of my favorites when i was younger and is still on my top 100, sugar. thanks for the smile. xoxox

Karl said...

Savannah:Your quite welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

moi said...

Karl! Please revisit my blog. Due to recent developments just revealed to me by Pam, I have decided the only fair thing to do this week is award you as co-winner of the haiku contest. So, you need to choose your prize!