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The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 29 April 1946 (UK)
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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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M-G-M's Musical Romance Of Daring Days! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Monday 3 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 4 July 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), by New York City 3 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 9 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

In the "Wild, Wild West" song, Alma is pounding a red hot horseshoe. She then picks it up, caresses it, and throws it in the water barrel where is gives off steam. The horseshoe would have burned her hand if it were really hot. This is a sight gag in the film. See more »

Quotes

Alma: [singing] Yeah, they say they have hair on their chest, the only thing I've seen is just a fancy vest. Holy smackers, milk and crackers but it's wild in the wild, wild west.
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Connections

Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Your Partner Round and Round
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by chorus
Danced by Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Marjorie Main, Cyd Charisse and chorus
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They just don't make 'em like this anymore
6 July 2003 | by IStillAmBigSee all my reviews

Ah...The Harvey Girls!

What can I say? In the mood for a little escapism? Do you enjoy classic Hollywood musicals? This MGM extravaganza is not to be missed!

Garland at her winsome best in material specifically tailored to her considerable talents - this is just before everything really started to sour in her professional life, and she never looked better. The material she's given to work with not only gives her the classic "Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe" to perform, but some wonderful comedic bits as well.

In the ensemble numbers, you can actually see her, as well as the rest of the cast, enjoying the moment as they filmed.

Beautifully photographed - a superb supporting cast who all get a moment to shine including Ray Bolger, Virginia O'brien, Marjorie Main, a very young Cyd Charisse and a stunning young Angela Lansbury.

MGM at the peak of it's creative and artistic powers - must see viewing for any fan of "The Golden Age" of Hollywood - check it out!


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