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Here Come The Brides – A Christmas Place – (Part One of Six)

This episode of HCTB originally aired on December 18, 1968. For those of you who have never seen this delightful 60′s series, it was loosely based on the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In this version, in order to keep his mountain from falling into the hands of Aaron Stempel (Mark Lenard), Jason Bolt (Robert Brown) and his two brothers Joshua (David Soul) and Jeremy (Bobby Sherman) had to bring 100 eligible brides from Massachusetts to Seattle where they had to stay for a year. While a premise such as this could have easily turned out to be something silly, it turned out to be just the opposite, often tackling controversial issues along the way. Yet, it managed to stay very entertaining. The first season is available on DVD and we’re patiently waiting for the release of the second season but I’m not sure it will ever see the light of day. Anyway, in keeping with the Christmas them, this is the Christmas episode from the first season. Although it’s okay, I don’t think it’s a true indicator of what the series was about.

posted by chris in Westerns and have Comments (23)

23 Responses to “Here Come The Brides – A Christmas Place – (Part One of Six)”

  1. AdLaura says:

    OMG. I LOVED this show when I was growing up! Thank you so very much for posting this. They just don’t make classy shows like this anymore.

  2. aredant says:

    You seem to be confusing a pleasant memory, with something that is actually pleasant. Forgettable TV shows fade away. Ask anyone over 40 if they remember this one – anyone?

    We’re not jaded, it’s just become popular to accuse others of things we don’t like about ourselves.

    Far be it for me to appear ungrateful, a thanks to ChristmasFellow2008 for posting – it’s always nice to see something I enjoyed from from a time when I was small, ignorant, and naive.

  3. heikkuri says:

    Wow! You’re missing the boat here (we’ll tell Clancy you no-showed). This series was classiied as a Western, but there are no guns and the progressive thinking and hopes of the era, and the series explores a multitude of topics—racism, women’s rights, the need for peaceful co-operation—did you miss the 70s? We weren’t yet jaded then, as some peole are now…

  4. youtub3k says:

    I’d like to believe you. I really do. But there is a 2nd season episode of HCTB on Youtube (“The Fetching of Jenny”). And it still has the non-vocal tune. So was it only with episode 14 and on, after coming back from Christmas 1969 (Jan 9,1970), that the vocal tune was used?

  5. dakotahstr says:

    Great show….I remember when this first came out ….I loved Robert brown…

  6. perryray51 says:

    I remember watching this show in 1971. I was in basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. Not too far from Seattle.

  7. tilog says:

    Thanks for posting this! I have fond memories of this show and it’s great to be able to watch it again. Now, I’m off to find the DVDs.

  8. aredant says:

    I used to watch this show as a kid and the theme song has been rattling around in my head for decades. Now that I see it here, I can’t believe how bland and poorly acted it was. No wonder it hasn’t been shown in 40 years.

  9. obsidiansdawn says:

    Did you know there’s a Star Trek original series novel that crosses over with Here come the Brides? I kid you not, I have it! It’s called “Ishmael”. :)

  10. kwizkween says:

    What a great Christmas show. They don’t make them like this anymore!

  11. kwizkween says:

    Check your local library.

  12. Hyunie says:

    I used to love this show.bobby sherman was so damn cute.

  13. clydesplace says:

    Yes there were. As a matter of fact, the song was called Seattle and was recorded by both Bobby Sherman and Perry Como. Unfortunately, on the first season DVD, Sony chose to just use this early opening, probably to save on having to pay royalties. The vocals were used entirely in the second season which has yet to be released on DVD. Sadly, as more time passes the chances of Season two ever being released are looking slimmer and slimmer.

  14. notagain62 says:

    weren’t there words to this opening theme at some point??

  15. Heildave says:

    Thank you very much. I was born in 1968.
    I´m from Spain and I think it was never aired the serie here.

  16. LoriLynntoo says:

    This is great! How can someone get the DVD’s for this? I absolutely love this show, I remember watching it when I was around 13 years old. Thanks so much!

  17. Christmasfellow2008 says:

    The First Season is on DVD. Still waiting and hoping for Season Two.

  18. Skydancer1971 says:

    AH HA! I was right and not having some fible memory of the show, the sad thing is I remember the epsode where the woman that played Milly had a misscarriage isn’t that sad how a person remembers something like that and I was a child for Christ sakes it left a lasting impact on me for sure. But thanks for the fast reply and uploading this NOW if I could find the Original 7 Brides 4 7 Brothers in it’s entiredy I’d be oh so happy!

  19. Christmasfellow2008 says:

    There was another series which was actually called 7 Brides for 7 Brothers in the early 80′s. But it only lasted one season and mostly went unnoticed. You can find more info on the IMDB.

  20. Skydancer1971 says:

    OMg am I trippin? I could have sworn that there was a spin off of 7 brides for 7 brothers in like the late 70′s early 80′s? Or were there like 2 spin offs this one then the one I am thinking about?

  21. TheVulcansForge says:

    Hey, how did you get this so clean and clear? Are there DVDs, or do you work in a digital studio or something?

  22. Christmasfellow2008 says:

    You’re welcome.

  23. mem56 says:

    It’s been years since I last watched this show! Thank you soooooooo much!!!!!!

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