Choreographer Michael Kidd (born Milton Greenwald, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side) created beauty, logic, and precision out of a leering screen adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Sobbin’ Women, itself based on the Roman legend of the Rape of the Sabine Women, recorded by Livy and Plutarch.
Set in frontier Oregon (but shot in California), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers stars Portlander Jane Powell.
Kidd named himself (I am guessing) after Billy the Kid, his first starring ballet role. Further proof of the long arm of the Western! He was the winner of four Tonys and one special Academy Award.