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Here Come the Brides – The Complete First Season

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Tribute to Bobby Sherman and the 1968-70 ABC television series “Here Come The Brides” starring Robert Brown, David Soul, Bobby Sherman, Bridget Hanley and Joan Blondell. Seattle The bluest skies you have ever seen in Seattle And the hills the greenest green in Seattle Like a gorgeous child growing up free and wild Full of hopes and full of fears Full of laughter full of tears Full of dreams to last the years in Seattle In Seattle When it’s time to leave your property and your loved ones It’s the hardest factor a boy can ever do And you pray that you will discover A person warm and sweet and kind But you’re not certain what’s waiting there for you The bluest skies you have ever observed in Seattle And the hills the greenest green in Seattle Like a lovely child growing up free and wild Full of hopes and full of fears Full of laughter full of tears Full of dreams to last the years in Seattle In Seattle When you discover your own accurate love You will know it By her smile, by the look in her eye Scent of pine trees in the air Never knew a day so fair It makes you feel so very good That you could cry The bluest skies you’ve ever observed in Seattle And the hills the greenest green in Seattle Like a beautiful child growing up totally free and wild Full of hopes and full of fears Full of laughter full of tears Full of dreams to last the years in Seattle In Seattle

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  1. E. Hornaday says:
    189 of 193 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Bluest Skies We’ve Ever Seen, in Seattle!!, March 8, 2006
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    I rejoice at our collective good fortune that Sony is releasing the all-too-short-lived 60′s TV smash hit, “Here Come the Brides,” on DVD. All 26 episodes that comprised the first season, including the pilot, are included in this six-disc boxed set. The only special feature listed to be included are “bonus previews.” This release is even more amazing considering the show has never before been released to the public in ANY format since its initial run!!

    The show, which aired for only two seasons from 1968-70 on ABC with a total of 52 episodes, launched the careers of teen heart-throbs Bobby Sherman and David Soul. Sherman, who was also a pop singer, became an international superstar predating David Cassidy’s Partridge Family mass popularity. (Sherman made news in the 90s when he was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in Los Angeles.) Soul went on to further TV fame co-starring in Starsky and Hutch (as well as for some later well-publicized legal troubles involving domestic violence charges, etc.)

    Set in Seattle in the 1870′s, the series focused on the travails of the logging Bolt brothers. To avoid losing their male crew, they were forced to agree to bring in 100 prospective brides from Massachusetts, using money they borrowed from sawmill owner, Aaron Stempel. Should any one of the women decide to go home, or should the camp fail to meet Stempel’s timber quotas, the Bolts would forfeit their title to the mountain and the business that had been in their family for generations.

    The core cast includes Robert Brown as eldest brother, Jason Bolt; Soul as middle brother, Joshua Bolt; Sherman as youngest brother, Jeremy Bolt; Mark Lenard as Stempel (and who went on into TV immortality as Sarek, Spock’s father, in Star Trek: The Original Series and its later movies, most notably, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home); the incomparable movie actress Joan Blondell as saloon owner Lottie Hatfield; Bridget Hanley as Candy Pruitt, leader of the “brides” and Sherman’s love interest in the show; Susan Tolsky as goofy Biddie Cloom; Henry Beckman as Capt. Roland Francis “Fish-Face” Clancey, Blondell’s love interest in the show; and Bo Svenson as Big Swede.

    In the pilot, to keep their logging crew, the Bolt brothers end up literally betting their mountain to that they can bring 100 marriageable women back to Seattle, which has almost no women in residence, and that those women will remain in Seattle for a year. In exchange, Stempel funds their expenses. Jason Bolt travels to New Bedford, Mass., a town that had a shortage of men at the time, and enlists 100 women for the return trip to the Pacific Northwest. (Ironically, the episode evolved from a script originally intended as a movie musical. Among the stars considered were Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones, soon of the Partridge Family. According to the Classic TV Archive, the storyline is loosely based on Seattle’s history when a resident went to Massachusetts to bring back women to help civilize the Washington Territory, and was NOT based on “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”)

    In addition to the pilot, episodes that comprised the first season and that are collected in their entirety in this boxed are (thanks to another reviewer, I have corrected two titles I incorrectly reported): A Crying Need; And Jason Makes Five; The Man of the Family; A Hard Card to Play; Letter of the Law; Lover and Wanderers; A Jew Named Sullivan (not a politically-correct title); A Man and His Magic; A Christmas Place; After a Dream Comes Morning; The Log Jam; The Firemaker; Wives for Wakendo; A Kiss Just for You; Democracy Inaction; One Good Lie Deserves Another; One to a Customer: A Dream that Glitters; The Crimpers; Mrs. and Mrs. J. Bolt; A Man’s Errand; Loggerheads; Marriage Chinese Style; and The Deadly Trade.

    The series also boasted one of the best theme songs ever (which Sherman recorded on his debut album.) The following is the rousing chorus: “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen, in Seattle, and the hills the greenest green, in Seattle. Like a beautiful child, growing up, free and wild, full of hopes and full of fears, full of laughter, full of tears, full of dreams to last the years, in Seattle. When you find your own true love, you will know it, by her smile, by the look in her eyes…scent of pine trees in the air…look out everyone, Here Come the Brides!”

    Let us hope that Sony does not keep us waiting too long for the second season DVD boxed set! I’m sure the popularity of this release, and the DVD releases of the Big Valley and the Wild, Wild, West are sending strong messages to studio execs that there is a huge, appreciative and paying audience for vintage TV westerns. Hopefully, The High Chaparral is next in line for DVD release in complete season boxed sets!

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  2. A. Cooper "possum" says:
    82 of 83 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hug A Sony Executive Today!, March 8, 2006
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    Here Come The Brides was my favorite show growing up, and I was afraid it was destined to the realm of trading poorly-recorded vcr tapes. But now this wonderful news!

    HCTB has excellent scripts, perfect casting, and wonderful background music; it seamlessly blends humor, or poignancy, with its adventures. But the show’s greatest strength is the uniqueness of the Seattle residents, and their relationships with each other.

    The shy courtship between Swede and Miss Essie, the playful, mature friendship of Lottie and Captain Clancy, the fierce loyalty between the three Bolt Brothers… and most especially, the sweet love story that is Candy and Jeremy… they are what make Here Come The Brides such a joy.

    Thank you, Sony!

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  3. Blue Skies says:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    THANK YOU SONY!!!!!!!!!!!, April 8, 2006
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    To say I’m thrilled with this release would be a huge understatement. Here Come the Brides was my favorite show growing up and it still is to this day. They don’t make them like this anymore. It would be hard to put together a more perfectly cast, well acted show. It has so much to offer and is truly unique. It’s not like any other show ever on the air, and it’s got something for everyone to love. I have old tapes, as others have stated, and I cherish those, but to see it again in clear, uncut versions will be so wonderful!

    I echo what others have said about wishing for extras such as cast interviews, bloopers, etc. but Sony can always fix that for the season two release, right? ;-) I feel certain this show will sell well, and I am pre-ordering it for myself and as gifts for others.

    Bless you Sony…you listened to us at long last!

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  4. miamimann1 says:

    It was a great time to be growing up……

  5. djg1114 says:

    Thank you for posting this. It brings back memories, Bobby Sherman was my first big crush!

  6. tamithurman says:

    hey if you grew up in this time ,its fun to watch.

  7. MONGOOSE1ful says:

    Bobby Sherman was a true 60s icon! having been a regular on ABC-TV’s “SHINDIG!”
    this man played a vital part of the Teen Beat years,before landing the co starring part
    on Screen Gems’ “HERE COME THE BRIDES” series in 1968. i have a few of his
    records,,and at the time,he was up there,with his music! then there was the spin-
    off from “The PARTRIDGE FAMILY”-”GETTIN’ TOGETHER!” in 1971-that sure
    had some potential,although short-lived!

  8. RUBIDOUXTIM says:

    @MARILYN19481 should, be Seattle’s song , only 39 yrs old , mom liked bobby, used to make fun of, until i started watching “here come’s the brides”on antenna t.v. on sunday’s @10 a.m. pacific

  9. Nikes62 says:

    at 1:40 sorry no Ponderosa pine in western wash, that’s eastern wash around Spokane.

  10. tsprague1 says:

    @Pacisdiligo There are blue sky’s, between rain showers. ;)

  11. MARILYN19481 says:

    Too bad the song came out after the Seattle World’s fair in 1962. It would have made a great theme song.

  12. RUBIDOUXTIM says:

    I DONT KNOW WHO MADE THIS VIDEO ,BUT I HAVE TO SAY THEY DID A EXCELLENT JOB,NEAT SONG LOVE SEATTLE ,LIKED THE SHOW ,HAD CRUSH ON BRIDGETTE HANLEY

  13. 1122DLAN says:

    I never cared for Bobby Sherman, but this is a beautiful song!

  14. windstorm1000 says:

    @belladeballe All of the above and more…thank you.

  15. windstorm1000 says:

    YOu have to be a 60′s child with a good memory to remember this one–loved the catchy main tune, Bobby Sherman (looks and voice) and the best looking bunch of lumber jacks and their ladies to hit the small screen. “the bluest skies you’ve ever seen in seattle” Thank you for posting this–you’ve brought back some wonderful tv memories for me.

  16. matsebah says:

    oh that just brought me back to those days i still remember the lyrics!

  17. Pacisdiligo says:

    “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen….” Heh, heh,…obviously written by someone who’s never lived there! Cute song. I remember this series. Was just a tyke.

  18. CuteCatFaith says:

    Just about the dumbest series ever but I enjoyed it when I was young. I often feel no connection with young people. They are shown stuff just as dumb but it is often so weird and violent. This one was pretty geeky but nice and fun.

  19. ghostfanX2 says:

    @chavah5760

    I loved this show when I saw it in prime time, back when I was eleven. But while I remember Bobby having a nice voice, Jason Bolt was ALWAYS the one I drooled over. Second on my crush list. First was Edward Mulhare as Captain Daniel Gregg on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Both shows started in the fall on 1968 and were cancelled after only two seasons.

  20. DENNISTMNS1 says:

    I loved this show; wow tv has changed so much. Not for the better either.

  21. sarmadasco says:

    I remember this show and I remember, given I was 3, loving it. Loved the song and had a crush on the red head…Bridget ‘something’…! Was like ‘Gunsmoke’ with music, which I did not like but my g’mother did (though I doubt she understood half of it as she was born and raised in Italy), so we watched it. I still enjoy the song, I think, or maybe just the memories the song reminds me of in my life. More innocent. Less drama and trauma and confusion. Even paid for song from itunes. Good memories,

  22. AliceFan1 says:

    Anyone else notice how small the dormitory was considering it had to house 100 women? Boy, it must have been cramped!

  23. gto66solstice08 says:

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ….. A small memory of the early 70′s

  24. odavid45 says:

    A perfect song for a new life!

  25. ridgerunner721601 says:

    @AliceFan1 LOL…There’s no telling. A lot of that kind of stuff is auctioned off by the studios. It would be nice to be able to afford something like that.

  26. AliceFan1 says:

    @ridgerunner721601 I still have the “Ship in a bottle” model of Clancy’s boat my Grandfather made for me when I was a kid. I wonder whatever happened to the real one used in the show?

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