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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 »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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:
Ray Bolger was burned by steam from the train during production of the "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe" number.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:
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!"See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jerry and Jumbo (1953)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh, You KidSee more »

FAQ

Training Montage (The Train Must Be Fed) lyrics
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A List Of Passengers That's Pretty Big Who All Want Lifts To Brown's Hotel, 10 June 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Harvey Girls, a film to celebrate the first of the fast food chains which quite frankly would be what the Harvey Restaurant chain was back in the modernizing west. There are folks in the town who don't want to see the Harvey Restaurant established and thereby hangs the tale of this film.

Preston Foster is the town boss and John Hodiak runs the saloon. These guys thrive on the town being in the Wild West accent on the wild. Foster's a rather shrewd villain, he realizes that the clean cut virginal Harvey girls who are servers might make the men forget the loose women of the saloon and that if they court and marry them and start raising families, they might demand a little law and order. That would be a disaster for Foster. Better to cut the problem off at the root.

Hodiak however is a jaded sort and bored with the loose women of his establishment. In a cinema not under the Code influence, Angela Lansbury and her crew would be prostitutes. He kind of likes the idea of the Harvey Restaurant coming to town and likes it better when Judy Garland comes to town.

Judy's come to town as a mail order bride, but when she sees Chill Wills is the prospective groom, both of them decide they're not suited for each other. Hodiak has been writing Wills's letters, a plot device that was used in the Joseph Cotten-Jennifer Jones film Love Letters. If you know about that film, you know how The Harvey Girls turns out.

The Harvey Girls has come down in cinema history because of the famous On The Atchison, Topeka, And The Santa Fe number. The song itself won an Academy Award in 1946 for best original song and the number as staged by MGM is one of the longest and most complex in the annals of film. It runs about 20 minutes and just about every member of the cast except Hodiak and Foster get a line or two in the song. Of course it ends with Judy as well it should have.

One thing I don't understand though is the under use of both Ray Bolger and Kenny Baker. Bolger of course had co-starred with Judy in The Wizard Of Oz, but he was far more known for being a Broadway star than a film player. He had just come off a big run in the last Rodgers&Hart musical By Jupiter. Kenny Baker was a famous radio singer who also had starred on Broadway in Kurt Weill's One Touch Of Venus with Mary Martin. Why these guys got the supporting roles they did is a mystery to me. I suspect both of them had a lot of their parts end up on the cutting room floor.

MGM editing mastery was at its best in The Harvey Girls. The film was partially done on location and partially done at Culver City. The editing is so smooth you really can't tell.

Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer wrote the score for The Harvey Girls and while the Atchison number dwarfs the rest, there's a song called It's A Great Big World that gets sadly neglected. It was sung by Judy Garland, Virginia O'Brien, and someone dubbing Cyd Charisse who first got noticed in this film for her dancing.

As I said before if done today if some gazillionaire would finance a remake, Angela and her saloon girls would be portrayed more frankly as working girls. But that would also cause the film to lose some of its naive charm. And this film holds up quite well for 63 years and counting.

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