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  • Ear Worm: Sobbin' Women. The subject is horrible, but the music itself is so bouncy and Howard Keel sings it in his magnificent voice, so you can't help but at least hum along.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Adam's Character Development. He starts out as a rude, pigheaded, and stubborn man who marries Milly for the sake of wanting a maid. However, during the whole film, he shows that he does have a caring, well intentioned, and protective side to him. He soon lets his kind side take over.
    • All throughout the film, too, you see that despite getting on each others nerves, the brothers really do care about each other. From Benjamin leaping to Ephraim's defense after he innocently offends a few girls, to the barn fight breaking out once Adam is attacked for no good reason, to Adam trying to take all the blame for the 'kidnap the women' idea, the brothers really show that they love each other.
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    • Milly's attempts to help the brothers become more genteel and attractive to the opposite sex. While she's willing to use force and threats to establish dominance, for the most part she's friendly, encouraging, and understanding. Even when she exiles them to the barn, she comes off at least in part as supremely disappointed in them.
  • Iron Woobie: Milly. She's gotten married to a man she just met only to find that he's a rough and short-sighted lout with six brothers who are just as wild as he is. And while she breaks for a few moments, she is always in control of the situation.
  • Recycled: The Series: There was a TV series which lasted for only one full season in 1982-1983, consisting of 22 episodes. The one musical number that appears with each episode is the only notable connection to the film as the series on other aspects resembled a typical '80s drama like others that were on TV at the time. Notable actors include Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver (1985) & Stargate SG-1), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives), Peter Horton (thirtysomething & Brimstone) & the late River Phoenix. One notable writer is the late Sue Grafton, before she wrote her series of alphabetical mysteries.
  • The Scrappy: Benjamin (the orange-shirted brother). He was played by a former baseball player who couldn't sing or dance very well. Look closely at him during musical numbers; he's either in the background, seated or blocked by a crowd. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if his designated bride wasn't trained singer/dancer Julie Newmar (who was apparently angry about this as well).
    • Averted with both Russ Tamblyn (Gideon) and Howard Keel (Adam). While they weren't dancers, Tamblyn was a veteran acrobat and Keel was a very accomplished singer.
  • Special Effects Failure: The backdrops were clearly painted, since they couldn't actually afford to shoot on location. In fact, during the song "Wonderful, Wonderful Day", a bird crashes into the back of the set.
  • Tear Jerker: Adam upon discovering his baby daughter, and his eventual reconciliation with Milly.
    • Right after Milly flips the table, when it really hits her what she's gotten herself signed up for.
  • Values Dissonance: Hoo boy. This is a movie that could not possibly have been made past its time, what with all the Abduction Is Love. Note that it's actually toned down from the original "Sobbin' Women" short story, in which the whole kidnapping ploy was Milly's idea. It was the film version that added Milly calling out the brothers for what they did and the brothers coming to realize that it was wrong, even if it does still end the same way.
    • Ironically, the stage version of the film continues to be performed in high school campuses, with no complaints or backlash whatsoever.


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