HERE COME THE BRIDES – THE COMPLETE SERIES (ABC 1968-70) Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Bridget Hanley, Joan Blondell, Mark Leonard
The bluest skies you’ve even seen are in Seattle! Based on the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), this Screen Gems sitcom took place in Seattle, circa the 1870s, during a timberland boomtown. But even though business was good, logging camp operator Jason Bolt (Robert Brown), along with brothers Joshua (David Soul) and Jeremy (Bobby Sherman) found they had a problem – their lumberjacks were getting mutinous. Not because of harsh conditions or unfair treatment either – but because there were no women! No women anywhere!
If Jason wanted to hold onto his beloved land on Bridal Veil Mountain, and the logging camp thereon, he needed a plan. So, after borrowing money from rival sawmill man Aaron Stempel (Mark Lenard), Jason sailed back to New Bedford, Massachusetts, and persuaded one hundred available girls – mostly Civil War widows – to come back to the state of Washington with him.
Guided by their “straw boss” Candy Pruitt (Bridget Hanley), the girls returned with Jason aboard a ramshackle ship, the Shamus O’Flynn, piloted by Captain Clancey (Henry Beckman).
The only catch in Stempel’s money-lending proposition was this: if any of the one hundred girls left before a year’s time, Jason had to forfeit his land to Stempel. Of course, Stempel tried his darndest to make the girls miserable in their new home.