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The Harvey Girls (1946)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 29 April 1946 (UK)
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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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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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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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

Two musical numbers (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), "March of the Doagies" and "My Intuition", the former a Judy Garland production number with a reprise, the latter a Garland-John Hodiak duet, were deleted from the film before its release. The first "March of the Doagies" can be viewed in the film That's Entertainment! III (1994) and both numbers (including the "Doagies" reprise) can be viewed in the special features section of The Harvey Girls (1946) DVD and in the "That's Entertainment" Box Set. See more »

Goofs

Angela Lansbury and the other dance-hall girls sing "Oh, You Kid!" The movie is set at the end of the nineteenth century, but this song (though new lyrics were written for the movie) did not appear until 1909. See more »

Quotes

Susan Bradley: Would it be possible you don't want to marry me?
H.H. Hartsey: Now wait a minute, Miss Bradley. I wanna marry ya, I wanna marry ya somethin' like all get-out. I wanna marry ya somethin' awful, ma'am. But please, ma'am, please say no.
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Connections

Referenced in The Great Morgan (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

The Train Must Be Fed
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Selena Royle, Marjorie Main and chorus
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Too much music: not enough action
26 December 2007 | by coreybryant59See all my reviews

Arthur Freed is noted for his musical productions, but this movie is choked with too many songs and lack of story content. One can learn to like it, though, and I particularly like the performance of Judy Garland and Virginia O'Brien. John Hodiak sort of reminds me of Clark Gable in GONE WITH THE WIND---his easy-going nature and good humor. It's refreshing to see Angela Lansbury as a young woman and there are some hilarious moments, such as when Judy Garland gets the Harvey House's beef back with her errant Colt pistol. But, as I said, this movie is too full of songs and not enough story content. In all fairness, I have to put a fair rating for it.


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