The Harvey Girls Overview:

The Harvey Girls (1946) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Samuel Hopkins Adams published in 1942.

SYNOPSIS

A chain of railroad station restaurants bring the frontier a touch of civilization along with a hot meal in this nostalgic musical comedy from the legendary MGM Freed unit. There's high-wattage star power (Garland, Foster, Charisse, Bolger, Lansbury) expended on a negligible tale of an eastern gal who heads west to work in one of the elegant restaurants. The Mercer-Warren score includes the Award-winning "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," The Wild, Wild West," "It's a Great Big World," and many others.

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Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringLennie HaytonNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Johnny MercerWon
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Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946)

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Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946) The Harvey Girls (1946) I?ve had a particular fondness for The Harvey Girls (1946) since the first time I saw it, but my love increased when I visited the El Tovar Hotel in the Grand Canyon some years ago and learned more about the fascinating h... Read full article


The Harvey Girls (1946): The Painted Desert Meets The Musical

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 25, 2020 From 4 Star Films

It was during a pit stop along a cross-country trip through the Petrified Forest that I first became aware of The Harvey Girls. Because you see, The Painted Desert Inn is a bit of a relic of the past, and it preserves a history of the famous waitresses who helped pave the way for a certain brand of ... Read full article


CMBA Blogathon: THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2015 From Virtual Virago

The theme for this year's CMBA Blogathon is "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," which makes the 1946 musical, The Harvey Girls, an obvious choice. The movie won an Oscar for its train themed song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and it depicts, in a fictionalized and colorful way, the impor... Read full article


CMBA Blogathon: THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 21, 2015 From Virtual Virago

The theme for this year's CMBA Blogathon is "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles," which makes the 1946 musical, The Harvey Girls, an obvious choice. The movie won an Oscar for its train themed song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe," and it depicts, in a fictionalized and colorful way, the impor... Read full article


The Harvey Girls (1946)

By Cameron on Feb 10, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/777/The-Harvey-Girls/#tcmarcp-141232-141228 ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. The Harvey Girls is a delightful musical about young women?who venture into the Wild West and find adventure, romance, and snakes.?The movie is based on a 1942 novel of the... Read full article


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Quotes from

Marty Peters: Where do ya come from, Tex?
Chris Maule: Massachusetts.


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.


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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Facts about

Although Angela Lansbury is a fine singer in her own right, her voice was considered unsuitable for the character she played, a low-down saloon singer, and as a result all of her singing in the film was dubbed by Virginia Rees. Cyd Charisse, who had her first speaking role in the film, also had her singing dubbed, by Marion Doenges.
Angela Lansbury was often hissed at in public after this film was released, simply because she played Judy Garland's rival and Garland was so beloved by the public.
In the big production number "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", from Judy Garland's entrance until the tempo change is one take. Rumor has it they only shot it twice and she was dead on both times.
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