MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,274 this week

The Harvey Girls (1946)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 2,127 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 19 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 7 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 32 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 29 Mar 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Harvey Girls" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Harvey Girls (1946)

The Harvey Girls (1946) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Harvey Girls.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Musical remake of 1940 "Shop Around the Corner" by Lubitch.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Buster Keaton
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall
The Clock (1945)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves ... See full summary »

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Talented small-town girl Lily Mars hounds producer John Thornway for a part in his new play, but he doesn't want anything to do with stage-struck amateurs. But when Lily follows him to New ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
Easter Parade (1948)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

With his high school graduation behind him, Andy Hardy decides that as an adult, it's time to start living his life. Judge Hardy had hoped that his son would go to college and study law, ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter
Babes in Arms (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld looks down from heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, and 5 more credits »
Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone
Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, June Allyson
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John Hodiak ...
Ned Trent
...
Chris Maule
...
Em
Preston Foster ...
Judge Sam Purvis
...
Alma from Ohio
Kenny Baker ...
Terry O'Halloran
Marjorie Main ...
Sonora Cassidy
...
H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle ...
Miss Bliss
...
Deborah Andrews
Ruth Brady ...
Jack Lambert ...
Marty Peters
Edward Earle ...
Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum ...
Rev. Claggett
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las chicas de Harvey  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,524,315 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Maule confesses to Alma that he is afraid of horses, but in real life Virginia O'Brien was afraid of horses. See more »

Goofs

When Susan has gone to see Ned Trent at the valley and she trips, he reacts and goes to catch her but then when there is close up of him, he is in the same position he was before. See more »

Quotes

Alma: [singing] Yeah, they say they have hair on their chest, the only thing I've seen is just a fancy vest. Holy smackers, milk and crackers but it's wild in the wild, wild west.
See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Train Must Be Fed
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Selena Royle, Marjorie Main and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A List Of Passengers That's Pretty Big Who All Want Lifts To Brown's Hotel
10 June 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Harvey Girls, a film to celebrate the first of the fast food chains which quite frankly would be what the Harvey Restaurant chain was back in the modernizing west. There are folks in the town who don't want to see the Harvey Restaurant established and thereby hangs the tale of this film.

Preston Foster is the town boss and John Hodiak runs the saloon. These guys thrive on the town being in the Wild West accent on the wild. Foster's a rather shrewd villain, he realizes that the clean cut virginal Harvey girls who are servers might make the men forget the loose women of the saloon and that if they court and marry them and start raising families, they might demand a little law and order. That would be a disaster for Foster. Better to cut the problem off at the root.

Hodiak however is a jaded sort and bored with the loose women of his establishment. In a cinema not under the Code influence, Angela Lansbury and her crew would be prostitutes. He kind of likes the idea of the Harvey Restaurant coming to town and likes it better when Judy Garland comes to town.

Judy's come to town as a mail order bride, but when she sees Chill Wills is the prospective groom, both of them decide they're not suited for each other. Hodiak has been writing Wills's letters, a plot device that was used in the Joseph Cotten-Jennifer Jones film Love Letters. If you know about that film, you know how The Harvey Girls turns out.

The Harvey Girls has come down in cinema history because of the famous On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe number. The song itself won an Academy Award in 1946 for best original song and the number as staged by MGM is one of the longest and most complex in the annals of film. It runs about 20 minutes and just about every member of the cast except Hodiak and Foster get a line or two in the song. Of course it ends with Judy as well it should have.

One thing I don't understand though is the under use of both Ray Bolger and Kenny Baker. Bolger of course had co-starred with Judy in The Wizard Of Oz, but he was far more known for being a Broadway star than a film player. He had just come off a big run in the last Rodgers&Hart musical By Jupiter. Kenny Baker was a famous radio singer who also had starred on Broadway in Kurt Weill's One Touch Of Venus with Mary Martin. Why these guys got the supporting roles they did is a mystery to me. I suspect both of them had a lot of their parts end up on the cutting room floor.

MGM editing mastery was at its best in The Harvey Girls. The film was partially done on location and partially done at Culver City. The editing is so smooth you really can't tell.

Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer wrote the score for The Harvey Girls and while the Atchison number dwarfs the rest, there's a song called It's A Great Big World that gets sadly neglected. It was sung by Judy Garland, Virginia O'Brien, and someone dubbing Cyd Charisse who first got noticed in this film for her dancing.

As I said before if done today if some gazillionaire would finance a remake, Angela and her saloon girls would be portrayed more frankly as working girls. But that would also cause the film to lose some of its naive charm. And this film holds up quite well for 63 years and counting.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Underrrated Judy Garland movie kelia-1
John Hodiak brianwt
Angela Lansbury was only 19! lacy_lou_92
One of my faves greeter54
Ray Bulger's Dancing marydarroch-1
Virginia O'Brien dmnemaine
Discuss The Harvey Girls (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?