Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Question: At the opening of the movie, when it shows the wagon in the river, what is the white thing in the water toward the right of the screen near the bank? At first it looks like rapids, but looking closer it looks more like something rolling in the water.

Question: When they are singing under a tree full of doves, it looks like they were tied to the tree branches. Is this true?

Chosen answer: Yes it is true. They did this to prevent the birds from flying into the backdrops and becoming injured or killed.

Question: I've seen this movie on television and on DVD. It appears that there are 2 versions in some scenes. One noticeable one is when Adam is in the store asking the clerk if he has a wife under the counter. Are there 2 different versions of some of the scenes?

Chosen answer: Believe it or not, there were actually two original versions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers filmed simultaneously in the early 1950s. One version was filmed in "CinemaScope" format and the other version was filmed in "Flat Screen" format. They did this in order to accommodate theatres that couldn't run CinemaScope. They would film a scene or scenes in one format in the morning, then film the same scene or scenes in the other format in the afternoon, using the same actors, costumes, sets, et cetera. Naturally, the camera angles, camera movements, performances and even sound recordings are noticeably different from one version to the other. The non-widescreen one wasn't used, but was released on DVD, and there's a chance TV stations might have used it before widescreen became more prevalent.

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