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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>
Originally intended for release on Decca's boxed album of selections from the Harry Warren-Johnny Mercer score, "March of the Doagies," featuring Judy Garland, Kenny Baker and Kay Thompson's chorus, plus the first half of "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" with the Thompson chorus, both were omitted from the album. In the CD era, these two takes have been restored on a Garland collection from MCA called "The Complete Decca Original Cast Recordings," which also contains Decca re-creations of the scores from Girl Crazy (1943) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). See more »
When Susan went to get the meat from the saloon, she asked John Henry to help her. They still had not been introduced prior to that. See more »
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.
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This works quite well as light entertainment. It has a good cast, with Judy Garland giving a lively performance in the lead role. The setting is rather stylized, but it is interesting, and it provides some good story material. The story has quite a few amusing moments, with just enough substance to keep it moving. There is also the top-notch "Atchison, Topeka, & the Santa Fe" number, which would almost make a musical worth watching all by itself.
The story of the conflict between the "Harvey Girls" and their rivals across the road is sometimes a little exaggerated, but it is relatively interesting and it makes for some good sequences. The female cast members get most of the best moments, and they generally use them well. Angela Lansbury seems quite natural as Garland's disagreeable nemesis, Virginia O'Brien has some good lines, and Marjorie Main is quite lively. There's more than enough to make it an enjoyable, if light, feature.
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