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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)  »

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A Batalha do Pó de Arroz  »

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$2,524,315 (estimated)
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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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There are several references to "Flagstaff" (AZ) as a town further up the line from "Sandrock". It is referred to as a mining town. Flagstaff never had mines and was a lumbering town. Also, the scenery in the movie (agave, saguaro cactus) is typical of southern New Mexico and Arizona, but the ATSF ran across northern New Mexico and Arizona through quite different scenery. See more »

Quotes

Susan Bradley: Would it be possible you don't want to marry me?
H.H. Hartsey: Now wait a minute Ms. Bradley. I wanna marry ya, I wanna marry ya somethin' like all get-out. I wanna marry ya somethin' awful ma'amm. But please ma'am, please say no.
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It's a Great Big World
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Judy Garland, Virginia O'Brien and Cyd Charisse (dubbed by Marion Doenges)
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The "Oklahoma" influence is felt on this western musical...
10 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With Broadway still under the spell of musicals like "Oklahoma", MGM's Arthur Freed was inspired to make a western musical. Originally designed for Lana Turner, the script was altered and songs added to make it a perfect vehicle for Judy Garland. The songs by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren included two standouts: "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" and "It's A Great Big World".

Judy gives an inspired performance and belts out her songs with gusto, particularly effective in the big set piece, "Atchison", which is photographed and choreographed with great precision to produce a dazzling show-stopping number. The film opened to great reviews and was a big box-office hit in the summer of '46.

Don't believe the "sour grapes" reviews claiming the film is dated and mediocre. It's anything but that. If you enjoy MGM musicals at the height of their popularity with film-goers, you'll enjoy this one! Marjorie Main is a treat, Selena Royle is dignified, Kenny Baker does wonders with a ballad and Cyd Charisse has a couple of nice numbers. It's nice to see Ray Bolger sharing scenes with Judy again, their first reunion since "Oz". The big surprise is Angela Lansbury as the garishly costumed dancehall hostess--a far cry from her "Murder She Wrote" image.

Understandably, "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" won the Academy Award for Best Song, as well as a nomination for Best Scoring of a dramatic or comedy film.


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