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The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 18 January 1946 (USA)
On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »

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Chris Maule
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Judge Sam Purvis
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Alma from Ohio
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Terry O'Halloran
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Sonora Cassidy
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H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle ...
Miss Bliss
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Deborah Andrews
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Marty Peters
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Rev. Claggett
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On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travellers. When Susan and her bashful suitor find romance daunting, Susan joins the Harvey Girls instead. The saloon across the street with its alluring worldly-wise women offers them tough competition, fair and foul, and Susan catches the eye of the Ned Trent, the distant but intense proprietor of the bar. Written by Michael Meigs <Michael.Meigs@dos.us-state.gov>

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It's Blazing, Blistering Romance . . . in the wide open spaces ! See more »


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18 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las chicas de Harvey  »

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$2,524,315 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Angela Lansbury is a fine singer in her own right, her voice was considered unsuitable for the character she played, a low-down saloon singer, and as a result all of her singing in the film was dubbed by Virginia Rees. Cyd Charisse, who had her first speaking role in the film, also had her singing dubbed, by Marion Doenges. See more »

Goofs

Sonora Cassidy (Marjorie Main) introduces a "new dance": the waltz. The waltz was known in the United States at least as early as 1834, about 60 years before the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Susan Bradley: Would it be possible you don't want to marry me?
H.H. Hartsey: Now wait a minute Ms. Bradley. I wanna marry ya, I wanna marry ya somethin' like all get-out. I wanna marry ya somethin' awful ma'amm. But please ma'am, please say no.
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Referenced in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait and See
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Angela Lansbury (dubbed by Virginia Rees)
Sung also by Kenny Baker
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They just don't make 'em like this anymore
6 July 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Ah...The Harvey Girls!

What can I say? In the mood for a little escapism? Do you enjoy classic Hollywood musicals? This MGM extravaganza is not to be missed!

Garland at her winsome best in material specifically tailored to her considerable talents - this is just before everything really started to sour in her professional life, and she never looked better. The material she's given to work with not only gives her the classic "Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe" to perform, but some wonderful comedic bits as well.

In the ensemble numbers, you can actually see her, as well as the rest of the cast, enjoying the moment as they filmed.

Beautifully photographed - a superb supporting cast who all get a moment to shine including Ray Bolger, Virginia O'brien, Marjorie Main, a very young Cyd Charisse and a stunning young Angela Lansbury.

MGM at the peak of it's creative and artistic powers - must see viewing for any fan of "The Golden Age" of Hollywood - check it out!


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