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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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John Hodiak ...
Ned Trent
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Chris Maule
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Preston Foster ...
Judge Sam Purvis
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Alma from Ohio
Kenny Baker ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Las chicas de Harvey  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Harvey House restaurants were established by Fred Harvey in 1870 to provide good, inexpensive food and lodging in clean, elegant surroundings for travelers in the western United States. At the chain's peak, there were some 84 Harvey Houses throughout seven states, all operated in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railroad. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Wait and See
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Angela Lansbury (dubbed by Virginia Rees)
Sung also by Kenny Baker
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Garland is as gallant as ever, and the colour is gorgeous
26 February 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this one, perfect hot lazy Saturday afternoon entertainment for me. Judy Garland as always is a treat to watch. This time the songbook isn't too memorable (apart from that great ensemble number near the beginning), and John Hodiak is sort of creepy as her leading man (his teeth and moustache look weird--he has none of the earthy sexuality of "Lifeboat"), but nevertheless I thought it was pretty good. It had enough humour, spots of melodrama and light musical numbers to keep me interested throughout. Plus, the colour is gorgeous, looking fantastic there on my HD TV. A young Cyd Charisse plays one of the "Harvey Girls", and she doesn't really get much of a chance to display her dancing talents, but she's still lovely to watch. Hard to believe Angela Lansbury was so young when she made this movie (early 20's I believe). Why did they turn her into a madam before her time? George Sidney, reliable MGM hand, directs and it's some of the best work I've seen from him yet. Apart from the ballads, the musical numbers are very fluid.


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