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Sun Aug 5, 2012, 04:25 AM

Here Come The Brides. New movie to be released next year?

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First a history lesson.
Seattle in the late 1800s was booming, but marriagable women were on short supply. There was a supply of....let's call them 'less than marriagable' single women, "seamstresseses" was the polite term used for them back then. So wealthy pioneer Asa Mercer did attempt to bring suitable young ladies to the area for purposes of anchoring the men here.

Many of the men were indeed transient, Seattle being the Northern kickoff point for the Alaska Gold Rush and the loggers came to town only to spend money on booze and getting their clothes mended.... then back up into the hills they went.

Fast forward to the late 1960s, where loosely based on Asa Mercer's plan to import marriagable women, the television show Here Comes The Brides airs. The story revolves around a plot by Jason Boldt to import 100 marriagable women to the logging town Seattle in order to keep his crew of loggers from deserting the area.

Regarding the movie, I stumbled across this small reference in Wiki to the movie slated to come out next year and nothing else:

"In June 2011 Big Valley films and Panther Entertainment expressed an interest in producing a big budget, full length motion picture based on the series, scheduled for a 2013 release date. The film version of the series would be completely recast and is contingent on the success or failure of the 2011 film remake of the 1960's TV series The Big Valley. "

The series itself only lasted two seasons,1969 and '70 and for those of us old enough to remember it, it is all but forgotten.

While doing the research and watching this piece, I couldn't help but reflect on my worldview from back then. There was never a doubt in my mind that America was growing-that it's 'greatness' would grow well past my lifetime. We were that "beautiful child, growing up green and wild, full of hopes and full of fears, full of laughter full of tears, full of dreams to last the years."

Here then is a clip to the original, with theme music. No, it is not the actual theme song but instead the lengthier version as sung by Bobby Sherman who played the youngest of the Boldt brothers, known for his stammer and his shyness. It includes many vignettes of the series.

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Reply Here Come The Brides. New movie to be released next year? (Original post)
chknltl Aug 2012 OP
RebelOne Aug 2012 #1
chknltl Aug 2012 #2
RebelOne Aug 2012 #3
chknltl Aug 2012 #4
RebelOne Aug 2012 #6
chknltl Aug 2012 #8
rurallib Aug 2012 #5
chknltl Aug 2012 #7
frogmarch Aug 2012 #9
chknltl Aug 2012 #10
frogmarch Aug 2012 #11
chknltl Aug 2012 #12
Still Blue in PDX Aug 2012 #13

Response to chknltl (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 06:40 PM

1. That title is so, so wrong.

It should be "Here Come The Brides." If if was only one bride, it would be "Here Comes The Bride." Sorry, I am a former copy editor and can't resist correcting obvious errors.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:09 PM

2. Thanks, repaired.

I genuinely appreciate the notification and the bump. Appears to be little if any interest in this topic...oh well.

Say, maybe you can clear something up for me. Does the punctuation mark come before or after the end parenthesis and similarly the end quotation mark?

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Response to chknltl (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:26 PM

3. Can you give me an example?

If it is a quote, all the punctuation should be included within the quote if it is in parenthesis.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:42 PM

4. Ok

#1. I went to the store, (you know which store I mean).

#2. When I told her that I had gone there, she asked; "So why didn't you get me something as well?"

I am guessing here but I believe I placed the punctuations correctly in both. Although it should not be an excuse I can hardly recall some of these items learned over 50 years ago.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 10:28 PM

6. OK, here is a correction.

#1. I went to the store, (you know which store I mean).
I went to the store (you know which store I mean).
No comma after store.

#2. When I told her that I had gone there, she asked; "So why didn't you get me something as well?"
When I told her that I had gone there, she asked, "So why didn't you get me something as well?"
No semicolon after asked, just a comma.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 11:38 PM

8. So focus more on the comma.

But I had the position of the period and the question mark right. Thank you. I often wondered about those items. The commas will get some much needed work. Thanks again.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 09:45 PM

5. I am old enough to remember the original series

my view was that it was a 4 skunker.
can 'My mother the Car' be far behind?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 11:32 PM

7. It did well enough in the ratings, first year.

Then for the second year it was moved to the more adult hour of 9:00, an hour not entirely meant for family style shows like this. It is listed as a western but unlike other westerns there was hardly any guns used.

Did I enjoy it? Well being brought up the reluctant unkool kid that was one of the shows we were allowed to watch. We were a family of 9 and tv was definitely regulated . So yes, I did enjoy it and pretty much anything else we were allowed to watch.

Now with hindsight, there is little to recommend the show. Some of the actors were noteworthy, mainly for other shows they did later and there was an innocent charm about the show. That is it, a 4 clunker as you put it.

Further hindsight from a selfish perspective which I pointed out in the OP, it was a part of my personal history. A history shared with much of the citizenry of that time where we felt that America, for all her warts, was destined for greatness. Sure Viet Nam was going on, the Great Student Revolt was simmering, and racial tension was simmering even hotter but we knew that things would get better. We were America, why didn't we just put men on the moon? The Fifth Dimension told us that the Age of Aquarius was just around the corner!

Not only did the show have an innocent charm, so did much of America. There was no way any of us could have believed what a dark future we had instore for our nation.

Truth be told, listening to that song, as sung by Bobby Sherman, or even the much shorter original version as sung by Perry Como, makes me incredibly sad-sad for the future we expected, sad because we could not deliver to those beautiful children what was delivered to us.

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Response to chknltl (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 11:54 PM

9. I wanted to like it

but just couldn't. I watched a few episodes the first year, and then I gave up.

I just watched part of an episode on You Tube. That's all I could take.

The heavy eye makeup and elaborate hairdos on some of the women (especially noticeable on "Candy") were constant reminders that it was a TV show, making it hard for me to really get into it.

Maybe a movie made nowadays could pull it off.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 6, 2012, 12:26 AM

10. i guess i wasn't old enough then......

..to be bothered by the makeup, the hair or the matching pastel nightclothes.

Btw, the real story of Seattle from pioneer days through to the end of the 19th century would make for a better story on its own. Those 'seamstresses' under the watchful eye of a socialistic Madam, paid for much of Seattle's infrastructural improvements. If memory serves, she paid for the land and helped start the University of Washington.

I think this was close to the time Asa Mercer brought in his brides. (The premise for the TV show.) It has me wondering if they were the compition or the actual Seamstresses.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 6, 2012, 12:53 AM

11. I think so too. I'd

much prefer seeing a depiction of the real story of Seattle.

I know nothing of Seattle's history, but I found some info online about Asa Mercer:

http://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns/june95/asa_mercer.html

Asa Shinn Mercer helped build the University of Washington with his bare hands, personally recruited students, was the school's first teacher and its first president. But he is much more famous for bringing shiploads of women around Cape Horn to the then-wild Puget Sound area in the 1860s than for first presiding over one of the nation's great research universities.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 05:50 PM

12. Here check this out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Graham_(Seattle_madame)

Seattle's First Madam/Loan Shark. She loaned money to business' who had problems getting loans from banks. I have not located my copy of the book Sons of the Profit but in it Ms. Graham is extensively discussed. If memory serves, she is the one who figured prominately in the financial foundations of the University Of Washington.

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Response to chknltl (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 11:08 AM

13. Honestly, I don't remember much about the show except the theme song.

I had quite a crush on Bobby Sherman, and I had an autographed picture of Bridget Hanley on my wall, so apparently I sent some sort of fan letter to her.

I do believe that Mark Lenard played some sort of villain. If memory serves, he played a Vulcan on Star Trek. Spock's dad, maybe? Funny that thinking of that era sort of took me back to pre-IMDB days when I had to rely on my memory.



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