Friday, November 19, 2010

The Harvey Girls...."On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" love Judy!!

The Harvey Girls (1946) MGM Sudios

Directed by: George Sidney 
Starring: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury, Ray Bolger, Marjorie Main, Virgina O'Brien, & Cyd Charisse

This is one classic MGM musical and one of my all time favs of Judy Garland's!!! Lovely musical sequences with Judy at her height! Music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

Taglines: "It's Blazing, Blistering Romance . . . in the wide open spaces ! "

Ray Bolger & Judy Garland


Susan Bradley (Garland) a mail order bride makes a trip out west on train to meet her new fiance. This long train ride and husband is what she hopes to bring her a new and joyous life. A new wedding gown and a basket full of food is what she has along with dreams to this new territory in the great oopen wild west. During this journey Susan is running out of food and money and meets up with a group of very musical and talented ladies named "The Harvey Girls." This group of merry ladies are going to the same small western town that she is and are there to open a restaurant being one of the famous "Harvey House's" This group has ladies from all over the country joining forces for this new opportunity such as Alma from Ohio (O'Brien).

Virginia O'Brien, Judy Garland & Cyd Charisse

These girls are going to serve and maintain the finest restaurant in the area. Susan with all of her new found freinds finally arrive to the destination to find that her fiance is not that interested in marriage to her any longer. Plans now have changed and Susna becomes a Harvey Girl! During this course while setting-up the new restaurant the competition in the town is a wild saloon ran by Ned Trent (Hodiak) and has a headliner for a star named Em (Lansbury). The saloon does not like the idea of the new rastaurant trying to sweep in and take business and clean-up the streets of decency.

Both places then are rivals for business. Ned sets his eyes on the lovely Susan which does not make Em any the happeir since her attention has been towards him for a long time. The Harvey Girls have a cook named Sonora (Main) whom is a bit rough around the edges and the ladies help her get her man named Chris Maule (Bolger). Ned is in a love triangle between Em and Susan and has to decide whom he truly loves. At the end of the day Ned chooses Susan to spend the rest of his life with. They are both happy and ride off into the sunset together. 

There are many lovely musical numbers in this film such as;  "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "Oh You Kid" "The Wild, Wild West," & "Swing Your Partner Round and Round."

Angela Lansbury - looks stunning!

1 comment:

  1. That's Chill Wills holding her trunk, not Ray Bolger in the first photo. Nice website though!