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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:
The "Oklahoma" influence is felt on this western musical... See more (47 total) »

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:
Factual errors: The real "Harvey Girls" were prohibited from wearing makeup of any sort; however, several of the characters are quite obviously wearing lipstick.See more »
Quotes:
Alma:Chris, what's wrong?
Chris Maule:Marty Peters was just here.
Alma:Marty Peters? The man who shot the last blacksmith?
Chris Maule:He... he... he did what?
[Chris has just been made the new blacksmith]
Alma:Well, it's all based on circumstantial evidence. No one actually saw the bullet leave the gun.
[Chris faints dead away]
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The "Oklahoma" influence is felt on this western musical..., 10 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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