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Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
Biography of songwriter, Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern. Unable to find immediate success in the USA, Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva.
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>
Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer's unforgettable, Oscar-winning train song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" dominated the airwaves during and the summer and fall of 1945, several months before the film's national opening on January 18, 1946. Mr. Mercer's pairing with The Pied Pipers on Capitol Records entered the "Billboard" singles charts on July 5, 1945, and the disc kept hold for 16 weeks, claiming the number-one spot for seven solid weeks between July 28 and September 8. The movie's top-billed star, Judy Garland, teamed with The Merry Macs, had their Decca 78 arrive at "Billboard"'s tenth position during the week of September 20, 1945. Another couple of versions charted high in "Billboard": Bing Crosby's Decca take, supported by Six Hits and a Miss, entered the singles list on July 19, 1945, staying for 10 weeks and rising to number four; plus Victor's release by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, vocal by The Sentimentalists, a rendition housed on the listing for six weeks beginning August 2, 1945, and cresting at number six. See more »
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 »
[talking to Susan Bradley]
I sent my picture into one of those Lonely Hearts Clubs and they sent it back, saying "We're NOT that lonely!"
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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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