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Director:
Writers:
Edmund Beloin (screenplay) &
Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 January 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Blazing, Blistering Romance . . . in the wide open spaces !
Plot:
On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Splendid example of the well-crafted musicals dished out of MGM's golden bowl See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Judy Garland ... Susan Bradley
John Hodiak ... Ned Trent

Ray Bolger ... Chris Maule

Angela Lansbury ... Em
Preston Foster ... Judge Sam Purvis

Virginia O'Brien ... Alma from Ohio
Kenny Baker ... Terry O'Halloran
Marjorie Main ... Sonora Cassidy

Chill Wills ... H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle ... Miss Bliss

Cyd Charisse ... Deborah Andrews
Ruth Brady ... Ethel
Jack Lambert ... Marty Peters
Edward Earle ... Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum ... Rev. Claggett
William 'Bill' Phillips ... 1st Cowboy (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Ben Carter ... John Henry

Norman Leavitt ... 2nd Cowboy
Stephen McNally ... 'Goldust' McClean (as Horace McNally)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Allen ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Amos Arnet ... (uncredited)
Jean Ashton ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Rancher (uncredited)
Eleanor Bayley ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)

Ewing Miles Brown ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Joan Carey ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Clark ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Fireman (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Townsman (uncredited)
Georgia Davis ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Dona Dax ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Engineer (uncredited)
Gwen Donovan ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Meredyth Durrell ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Vivian Edwards ... Specialty Performer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Engels ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Kay English ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Trick Roper (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ... Boy (uncredited)
Virginia Gumm ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Jane Hale ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Jane Hall ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
William Hall ... Big Joe (uncredited)
Byron Harvey Jr. ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Gloria Hope ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Hunter ... Jane (uncredited)
Dorothy Jackson ... Specialty Performer (uncredited)
Thelma Joel ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Joe Karnes ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Al Kunde ... Rancher (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Vera Lee ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Maxine Leslie ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Sandy (uncredited)
Johnny Luther ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Claude Martin ... (uncredited)
Judy Matson ... Specialty Performer (uncredited)

Catherine McLeod ... Louise (uncredited)
John Merton ... Player (uncredited)
Mary Moder ... Specialty Performer (uncredited)
Daphne Moore ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Edith Motridge ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Station Agent (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Conductor (uncredited)
Shirley Patterson ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Player (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Player (uncredited)
Dorothy Raye ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Dealer (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Dealer (uncredited)
Kenneth Rundquist ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
Emily Smith ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Nevada Smith ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Melba Snowden ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Conductor (uncredited)
Joan Thorsen ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Muleskinner (uncredited)
Eleanor Troy ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Van Nuys ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Bunny Waters ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Jacqueline White ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Wilkerson ... Harvey Girl (uncredited)
Herberta Williams ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Dallas Worth ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Katherine Yorke ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
Edmund Beloin (screenplay) &
Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay) &
Harry Crane (screenplay) &
James O'Hanlon (screenplay) &
Samson Raphaelson (screenplay)

Kay Van Riper (additional dialogue)

Samuel Hopkins Adams (novel "The Harvey Girls")

Eleanore Griffin (original story) and
William Rankin (original story)

Produced by
Roger Edens .... associate producer
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey  (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
William Ferrari 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Valles (costumes: men)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dorothy Ponedel .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mildred Griffiths .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... unit mixer (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... second camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... musical numbers staged by
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Kay Thompson .... vocal arranger
Earl Cates .... music mixer (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Marion Doenges .... singing voice: Cyd Charisse (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Rees .... singing voice: Angela Lansbury (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
George Richelavie .... research director (uncredited)
Bea Whitney .... assistant research director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Judy Garland missed 11 days of shooting and was late 40 times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jerry and Jumbo (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wait and SeeSee more »

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Training Montage (The Train Must Be Fed) lyrics
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Splendid example of the well-crafted musicals dished out of MGM's golden bowl, 17 April 2002
Author: classicfilmarchives from Hollywood, California

"The Harvey Girls" is a splendid example of a well-crafted Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical from a time when well-crafted musicals were being dished out in abundance from Metro's golden bowl.

Inspired by the revolutionary success of "Oklahoma" on Broadway and tailored to fit the protean talents of it's young leading lady, Judy Garland, the film tells the story, in words and music, of a group of waitresses brought west in the late 1800's to open another link in the Fred Harvey chain of restaurants. In the process, they encounter all kinds of romantic and dramatic conflicts. The cast is headed by Judy Garland, fresh from her triumph in the blockbuster musical "Meet Me In St. Louis" and her quietly moving dramatic performance in "The Clock". During the filming of "The Harvey Girls", Garland was one of the top box-office draws in the nation, and Hollywood's most versatile actress. She performs the role of Susan Bradley, an adventurous mail order bride who befriends the Harvey girls en route to New Mexico, with a vibrant comic touch. Her ability to combine tongue in cheek humor with her signature vulnerability is very satisfying in this film, and is an early highlight in her already legendary career.

The rest of the cast is first-rate: Angela Lansbury gives a wickedly fine performance as Em, the jaded dance-hall queen with hooded eyes and no-flies-on-me attitude. John Hodiak is the local tough guy and dance-hall owner, and also the object of Garland and Lansbury's affections. Broadway legend (and Garland's "Wizard of Oz" co-star) Ray Bolger does an amusing turn as the town's rubber legged blacksmith, and Preston Foster is the murderous Judge Purvis. The ranks of the Harvey girls are filled by some of Hollywood's most marvelous character actresses, including Marjorie Main and Virginia O'Brien, and the dancer Cyd Charisse in one of her first roles.

The film boasts what New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther appreciatively called "an abundance of chromatic spectacle and an uncommonly good score", the centerpiece of which is the Academy Award-winning song of the year (1946), "On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe". This production number fills the screen with the colorful bustle of singers, dancers, and horses, and in the best Broadway tradition, advances the plot by introducing almost every cast member and giving them the opportunity to tell their story, in song, and their motivation for coming west in the first place. A spectacular bit of Golden Age musical magic, topped off by Garland's star turn entrance and full-throated belting of the Johnny Mercer/Harry Warren song.

The creative team behind this fable is as impressive as the talent in front of the camera. In addition to the score by Mercer and Warren, the film was directed by George Sidney ("Show Boat", "Annie Get Your Gun"), produced by Arthur Freed ("Singin In The Rain", "Gigi"), art directed by Cedric Gibbons ("The Great Zeigfeld", "The Wizard of Oz"), with musical direction by Lennie Hayton, orchestrations by Conrad Salinger, and musical arrangements by "Eloise" children's book author and singer Kay Thompson (a decade before she sizzled onscreen as the fashion magazine editor in the Audrey Hepburn classic "Funny Face").

This film will include restored Technicolor and stereo sound on DVD, and also a few musical numbers which were cut when the film was released due to length, and have been locked away in the MGM vaults. Now they have been restored, and the viewer can enjoy more of what film critic Howard Barnes called "a great big animated picture postcard."

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