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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 »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ruth Brady ... Ethel
Jack Lambert ... Marty Peters
Edward Earle ... Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum ... Rev. Claggett
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Storyline

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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Hear Judy sing "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe" See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las chicas de Harvey See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,524,315 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The setting of the story in "Sandrock" and the design of the Harvey House sets that stood on MGM's Back Lot #3 and on the sound stage for this film were inspired by the Castaneda Harvey House in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which still stands as a National and State Historic Landmark of New Mexico, along the old Santa Fe tracks and just to the north of that town's current Amtrak station. Amtrak's Southwest Chief still stops at the station, but the Castaneda is vacant and fenced off. Although the studio sets were constructed of wood, elements from the Castaneda's basic exterior architecture and of the interior dining room were applied to the set designs for this film. A few of the historic incidents that had occurred at the Castaneda were incorporated into the script. A large outcrop of rock such as that where Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) and Ned Trent (John Hodiak) meet can be seen from the Castaneda across a small prairie. The balcony upon which Garland, Cyd Charisse and Virginia O'Brien share a song is a replication of the Castaneda's street-side second-floor balcony. And yes, a saloon once existed directly across the street from the Castaneda in a building which is now abandoned. All of the sets from the The Harvey Girls (1946) were built in Culver City, California; most of them utilizing existing western street buildings on the back lot; using the Castaneda and Las Vegas, New Mexico, only as a blueprint for elements in the script and for set design. However, the Castaneda and much of Las Vegas, New Mexico, would later be used as an actual location in Red Dawn (1984). See more »

Goofs

The real "Harvey Girls" were prohibited from wearing makeup of any sort; however, all the characters are quite obviously wearing not only lipstick but all the typical 1945 Hollywood female makeup. 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!"
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Connections

Referenced in M-G-M Jubilee Overture (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Ben Carter, Marjorie Main, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland and chorus
Danced by Ray Bolger
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Judy Garland at full steam...
1 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Very appealing MGM musical with wonderful songs, colorful production, Judy Garland at the peak of her feisty charms. In the burgeoning days of train transportation, women are needed to work the eateries scattered throughout the Southwest; in a small New Mexico town, Judy decides to ditch her mail-order marriage for a waitressing job, but she soon finds love again. "On The Atchinson, Topeka and The Santa Fe" won a Best Song Oscar, and deservedly so; this grand number gets the full treatment, and is so exuberantly staged it becomes a classic by itself. The picture does runs short of ideas and inspiration near the end, leading to a poorly-staged romantic finale, yet the supporting cast is excellent, particularly Angela Lansbury as a jealous showgirl. *** from ****


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