|Still image from the 1954 Movie Musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"|
which was based on Benét' short story "The Sobbin' Women."
Stephen Vincent Benét adapted the Roman myth of the abduction of the Sabine Women into the story "The Sobbin' Women".
Set in 1850 in the wilds of Oregon, the Pontipee brothers are tired of bad cooking and broken chairs. They draw straws and send one of their number traveling from their mountain into the nearest town to "get a woman to take care of this place." They agree that it can't just be a "hired girl" -that wouldn't be proper. There's nothing for it, one of them has to do right by the family and get married.
It sounds like such a reasonable plan to a bunch of backwoodsman brothers. Of course, it turns out to not be quite as simple as all that.
Benét's story was adapted into the 1954 movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, Directed by Stanley Donan and with iconic choreography by Michael Kidd. Enjoy this clip in which the oldest brother ("Adam" in the screenplay) "interprets" Plutarch as an object lesson for his brothers.
Join Corwyn, Kayden, and Caledonia in the Seanchai "SKai" Box for Benét's story, and more selected poems, live in voice.