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