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The Harvey Girls Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This glorified Technicolor commercial for the Fred Harvey restaurants stars Judy Garland as a 19th-century mail-order bride. Upon arriving in New Mexico, Garland discovers that her husband-to-be is the town drunk. She cuts her losses and takes a job at the local Harvey restaurant, an establishment which endeavors to bring a little civilization and class to the wide open spaces. Harvey's operation is challenged by saloon-owner John Hodiak, corrupt-judge Preston S. Foster, and local-madam Angela Lansbury. With the help of tenderfoot Ray Bolger, Garland and her fellow waitresses foil the corrupt elements in town. Prominent in the supporting cast are Cyd Charisse, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Kenny Baker and Virginia O'Brien (whose musical numbers aren't quite as rambunctious as the contributions of the others, mainly because O'Brien was pregnant during filming). The songs are for the most part perfunctory, with the spectacular exception of the Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer's Oscar-winning "Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." The Harvey Girls is tenuously based on a more sober-sided historical volume by Samuel Hopkins Adams. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Mercer Best Song 1946 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Warren Best Song 1946 Winner

Cast

Judy Garland
as Susan Bradley
John Hodiak
as Ned Trent
Ray Bolger
as Chris Maule
Angela Lansbury
as Em
Marjorie Main
as Sonora Cassidy
Virginia O'Brien
as Alma
Cyd Charisse
as Deborah
Chill Wills
as H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle
as Miss Bliss
Ruth Brady
as Ethel
Jack Lambert
as Marty Peters
Edward Earle
as Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum
as Rev. Claggett
William "Bill" Phillips
as First Cowboy
Norman Leavitt
as Cowboy
Horace McNally
as Goldust McClean
Hazel Brooks
Vernon Dent
as Engineer
Kay English
Gloria Hope
as Harvey Girl
Mitchell Lewis
as Sandy
Robert E. O'Connor
as Conductor
Jim Toney
as Mule Skinner
Bunny Waters
Jacqueline White
Daphne Moore
Dorothy Tuttle
Virginia Hunter
as Jane
Catherine McLeod
as Louise
Ray Teal
as Conductor
Mitchell Lewis
as Sandy
Gloria Hope
as Harvey Girl
Robert E. O'Connor
as Conductor
Catherine McLeod
as Louise
Vernon Dent
as Engineer
Virginia Hunter
as Jane
Jim Toney
as Mule Skinner

Crew

George Sidney
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Samson Raphaelson
Screenwriter
Harry Crane
Screenwriter
Nathaniel Curtis
Screenwriter
George Folsey
Cinematographer
Harry Warren
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Warren
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Kay Thompson
Songwriter
Albert Akst
Editor
William Ferrari
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Mildred Griffiths
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Irene Valles
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
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