Here Come the Brides

Season 1 Episode 1

Here Come the Brides

6
Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Sep 25, 1968 on ABC
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Here Come the Brides
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In the post-Civil War Northwest, the Bolt brothers bet their family mountain and logging business that they can bring one hundred marriageable women back to Seattle from New England and that the ladies will remain in Seattle for a year to find husbands and help settle the wild and wooly town.moreless

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  • One mountain, three brothers, 100 brides and a challenge. I loved it 36 years ago (yikes!)and it's still appealing today.

    10
    I laughed my head off when I saw that this series was available from NetFlix and chose it on a flash back kind of lark. I was totally addicted to this show as a teenager...well..okay...maybe just to the weekly doses of Bobby Sherman. The sets and costumes are so cheesy but the premise and subsequent stories are still appealing. The characters, and the actors that play them, are well defined. I was surprised at how quickly I was sucked back into enjoying the show. The actors do a wonderful job with their characters. Bridget Hanley, Joan Blondell, Henry Beckman...and of course the three Bolt brothers...do a particularly outstanding job. Robert Brown's portrayal of 'Jason Bolt' smacks of flim flam man as he entices the brides to follow them from New Bedford to Seattle but he manages to squeeze some genuine affection and caring into the man as well. Bridget Hanley takes her character of 'Candy Pruit' immediately in hand as the leader of the brides and Bolt's protaganist. She was a strong feminist before the word became vogue. Henry Beckman, as ship captain 'Clancy', begins as a slightly over the top drunken sod and quickly evolves into a lovable curmudgeon intent on enjoying every second of the 'challenge' of keeping the brides in Seattle for one year. This probably plays out more in later episodes however. And Lottie. It was interesting to read that this character was originally intended as a love interest for Jason. I am glad they shifted her character in another direction. She was definitely the needed voice of reason and Joan Blondell does well in that role. I never really warmed up to Joshua Bolt....and that feeling continued in rewatching this pilot. He seems a little too...eager...or something. As for Jeremy....sigh. Bobby Sherman's blue eyes have done it again. LOL And the REALLY interesting part of all this is how quickly my own children were absorbed in this show. They passed through the room while Mom was watching, settled down and are now asking when the next DVD with more episodes is coming. Sheesh....they sure don't make 'em like they used to!moreless
  • Logging Operation and town in Pacific Northwest threatened with closure after men revolt because of lack of marriageble women in the area. Bolt Brothers set out to find marriagable woment to save their company and the town of Seattle.moreless

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    This pilot really set the stage for the rest of the show. You can see what a con man Jason Bolt really is. I think it showcases Bridget Hanley's character Candy very well. She is seen as feisty and a leader early on. This is one of my favorite shows of all time.
  • Very, very, great way to begin with!

    10
    This is a good way to begin the show that

    I would love as a kid in TN when I first

    Moved from Miami about three brothers trying to make a

    Living in the timber industry as they are lacking womne and

    Make a deal with a guy named Stempel to keep the potential

    Brides there for a year and if they remain single or don't leave, they will keep their mountain

    Of if even one woman breaks either promise, then Stempel wins their mountain.moreless
James Almanzar

James Almanzar

Logger #1

Guest Star

Dick Balduzzi

Dick Balduzzi

Billy (as Logger 2)

Guest Star

Barry Cahill

Barry Cahill

McGee (as Logger 4)

Guest Star

Henry Beckman

Henry Beckman

Captain Roland Francis Clancey

Recurring Role

Mitzi Hoag

Mitzi Hoag

Miss Essie

Recurring Role

Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson

Big Swede

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Blonde bride Karen Carlson went on to wed Bolt brother David Soul in real life.

    • During the course of filming the pilot, the role of Lottie Hatfield was recast. (Originally, the character was supposed to be Jason Bolt's love interest, but they decided to have her be a more motherly figure.) They reshot only her scenes, so look:
      - in the scene at the party where she's talking to Jason and Aaron and you'll see that the background where she's in is different from the clips where it's just the two men AND
      - in the final scene, she's walking off with Jason, only you can tell that the actress is not Joan Blondell, but the taller, thinner predecessor.

    • As Jason and his men head into town from the camp, one can see the tire treads from the camera truck in the mud.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Ishmael is a Star Trek/Here Come the Brides crossover novel published by Pocket Books. A main plot point is based on the fact that Mark Lenard played both the character of Aaron Stemple and Spock's father Sarek. It was written by Barbara Hambly in 1985.

    • Though there are similarities, the show is not based upon the 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

    • The storyline is loosely based upon Seattle's history: in 1864-1866, Asa Shinn Mercer made two trips to Massachusetts to bring back women to help civilize Washington Territory.

    • This episode evolved from a script that was originally intended to be a movie musical. Among the stars considered for the leads were Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones.

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