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 »
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>
Ray Bolger was burned by steam from the train during production of the "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe" number. See more »
The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe spur from Lamy, NM to Santa Fe, NM was built in the late 19th century. It is true that Santa Fe, due to rough surrounding terrain, was not on the original line, which made Lamy the nearest station in 1880. The song was written in 1946. The spur is now known as the Santa Fe Southern Railway, while the ATSF is now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). See more »
Chris, what's wrong?
Marty Peters was just here.
Marty Peters? The man who shot the last blacksmith?
He... he... he did what?
[Chris has just been made the new blacksmith]
Well, it's all based on circumstantial evidence. No one actually saw the bullet leave the gun.
[Chris faints dead away]
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Very appealing MGM musical with wonderful songs, colorful production, Judy Garland at the peak of her feisty charms. In the burgeoning days of train transportation, women are needed to work the eateries scattered throughout the Southwest; in a small New Mexico town, Judy decides to ditch her mail-order marriage for a waitressing job, but she soon finds love again. "On The Atchinson, Topeka and The Santa Fe" won a Best Song Oscar, and deservedly so; this grand number gets the full treatment, and is so exuberantly staged it becomes a classic by itself. The picture does runs short of ideas and inspiration near the end, leading to a poorly-staged romantic finale, yet the supporting cast is excellent, particularly Angela Lansbury as a jealous showgirl. *** from ****
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