Johnny Mercer Night: 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' with Special Guest Julie Newmar

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
July 24, 7 PM
Aero Theater
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

It's Johnny Mercer night at KCET's Cinema Series!

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", the 1954 Academy Award winner for Best Musical Score and nominee for Best Picture, makes a brief resurgence to the silver screen this Tuesday for a very special evening in honor of songwriter Johnny Mercer.

Set in 1850s Oregon, the film tells the story of a group of unruly lumberjack brothers whose misguided attempts at 'courting' love (more commonly referred to today as kidnapping) unleash a fury of both raucous follies and rousing dance numbers. Directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, this magnificent movie musical stars Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn, Julie Newmar, and a fabulous cast of singers and dancers.

Prepare yourselves for a very special treat after the screening when host Pete Hammond leads a Q & A with THREE stars of the film, including prolific film, stage and television actress Julie Newmar (who portrayed bride Dorcas), and dancer/choreographers Dante DiPaolo (Matt) and Earl Barton (Harry)!

Want to win a FREE pair of passes to the July 24th screening? Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite movie musical is and why! [Winner chosen at random. Contest ends 7/23 at 4:00 PM]

Don't have season passes? A $20 contribution to KCET's Cinema Series will get you in at the door. Doors open at 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM.

Check out the KCET Cinema Series page for schedules, season passes, previews, podcasts and more.

Jane Powell & Howard Keel in 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Julie Newmar publicity still from 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

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My favorite movie musical is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I have fond memories of watching this musical at my late grandmother's house. Also because of this line: "Bless your beautiful hide, wherever you may be." Oh, the romance...