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The Harvey Girls (1946)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Bradley
John Hodiak ...
Ned Trent
Chris Maule
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


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

18 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Harvey Girls  »

Box Office


$2,524,315 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Originally conceived as a drama for Lana Turner and Clark Gable, producer Arthur Freed decided instead to attempt a vintage Americana musical after the success of the stage show "Oklahoma!". After Gable returned from serving a tour of duty in the Air Force, Freed attempted to pair him with Judy Garland (who famously had a hit song with "Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You"). Gable was instead put in a drama, Adventure (1945) with Greer Garson. Gene Kelly was briefly considered to co-star before John Hodiak was eventually cast. 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 »


Alma: [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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Referenced in Hello, Dolly! (1969) See more »


Swing Your Partner Round and Round
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by chorus
Danced by Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Marjorie Main, Cyd Charisse and chorus
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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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