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The Harvey Girls (1946)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Western  |  18 January 1946 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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John Hodiak ...
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Chris Maule
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Preston Foster ...
Judge Sam Purvis
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Alma from Ohio
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Terry O'Halloran
Marjorie Main ...
Sonora Cassidy
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H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle ...
Miss Bliss
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Deborah Andrews
Ruth Brady ...
Jack Lambert ...
Marty Peters
Edward Earle ...
Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum ...
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 !


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18 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Las chicas de Harvey  »

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

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This was the first film where Judy Garland started reporting late or not at all. See more »

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According to the commentary by George Sidney, the railroad didn't extend to Santa Fe when the song was written. See more »

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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.
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On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Ben Carter, Marjorie Main, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland and chorus
Danced by Ray Bolger
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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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