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Ann Sothern as Em
Whenever I see this film -- it's the kind of fun movie you can enjoy on many repeat viewings -- I always recall a bit of info that Robert Osborne shared when presenting it many years ago...Ann Sothern was slated for the role played by Angela Lansbury, but she was indisposed at the time. We all love Angela, but Ann Sothern would have embodied that character in a much more complete and enjoyable way. And of course, she would have sung the song herself and probably have had another one.
- Mary B
This is one of my favorite movies of the 40s, and one that I try to watch whenever it's on TCM. So much fun- great movie to watch if you want an escape. I wish I could send a thank you card to whoever cast John Hodiak, who is completely charming as the leading man. Judy is of course stunning- I love how, as soon as she comes into town, she's already got everyone singing along with her. Cyd Charisse is adorable in what was her first speaking part in a film, and Ray Bolger gets a big showcase of his dancing talents. Plus, the movie looks gorgeous. Highly recommended!
the harvey girls
- kevin sellers
Don't know about you, but I'm spending my dough at the Alhambra. Spicier offerings and all that sort of thing.
Being that this movie was based on actual Harvey Girls coming west to establish a cultured rest stop, it was wonderfully done. The movie depicted how courageous young women ventured to the West to provide a civilized atmosphere for other people traveling out West by train. Judy Garland's singing is always pleasant to hear. I love the music!!!! What is also enlightening is to see the DVD of the real Harvey Girls who went West.
The Harvey Girls
The strait-laced real-life Harvey girls vs. the rowdy Wild West. Garland is one of a group of waitress' whose restaurant franchise brings civilization to a loose town. Won an Oscar for the song "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe," the story is unintentionally funny and ridiculous, but entertaining. A fun, musical ride through the Wild West. I give it a 3/5.
- Brian F.
Tonights Summer Under The Stars tribute to John Hodiak included a showing of The Harvey Girls (also starring Judy Garland), that I immensely loved, once, again.As a professional actor singer dancer myself, I'm always appreciative to be a part of these incredible presentations. Not only are they entertainment, but historical pieces that captured the unique and unmatched talents of all who were fortunate to be included in the production. The Harvey Girls is an example of a different era of movie making, but remains as simply wonderful and pristine now, as I'm sure it was when first released. Thanks to TCM for broadcasting gems like this, we will not forget, nor miss out on what these talented casts and crews created and imortalized for us to share and enjoy, again and again...complete joy!Thank goodness, for TCM.
The Harvey Girls
I really enjoyed this film. Judy Garland was just adorable. She was funny, sweet, cute, brave and loveable. The entire cast was great. The songs were great. Ray Bolger was a wonderful dancer. His tap dance solo was amazing.
Spirits lifted here too, RedRain
- Steve Green
I don't watch much TV. And I was staying at this inn, courtesy of the Red Cross, a few months ago, after my neighbours' house burned down and smoked out my house. It was 4 degrees day and night for a week at the inn, and there was nothing to do but sit and mope in a motel bed and have a great free breakfast the next morning, surrounded by US Army .On the motel TV the third night came this musical/movie, about 2AM. The first thing that hooked me was some neat song. Then the dance numbers started. Then there were more songs. And then some pretty snappy comedy, dialogue and physical humor. Some of the songs were a bit long, but what *hooks* they had!See, I had missed the opening reel or so of the film. So I had no idea that I was watching, for the first time, a 72-year old movie called The Harvey Girls. The music and the acting AFTER the opening hit song cure did it for me at a time my wife and I needed it.I insist that anyone who claims that the songs after 'Atchison' were average never was graced with a respite from homeless 4-degree and who got to watch this swell movie *after* the big hit was sing. 'Harvey's Girls' was that good
Simple and charming!
Judy Garland was 24 when she made this film and she was never lovelier or in finer voice. This film has some beautiful music done with great verve. There are quite a few stars in it and all of them are very good. John Hodiak is terrific in the male lead and, unfortunately, we were robbed of his acting abilities when he died at a very young 41. The real Harvey girls worked in the Harvey House restaurants and hotels around the country and, back in the day, they were as plentiful as Waffle House is today. As a matter of fact, the Harvey House conglomerate were the first "chain" restaurants in America. Fred Harvey consulted on this film so that the facts about the girls could be as real as possible. Knowing the history here makes this film all the more enjoyable!
Rollicking good fun
OK, the plot is silly but you're not seeing this movie for the story. You're only watching the incomparable Judy, in fine form for this film. The musical numbers are great, and Harvey Girls features one of the better Petticoat Ballets courtesy of the Goldwyn Girls (a standard feature of MGM musicals of the era). Well worth seeing any time it's on.
I really enjoyed this movie. John and Judy have so much chemistry! John Hodiak is at his best, and is just so very handsome. Judy is lovely and in fine voice. A very enjoyable film....
Uns dos melhores filmes que Judy Garland fez com canes fantsticas e soltando uma voz poderosa e ao mesmo tempo suave. Tudo no filme excelente. TCM exiba este musical, pois ele um dos meus favoritos.
The Harvey Girls
- Ray Marlitz
Girls go West on AT&Santa Fe to become Harvey Girl Waitresses, or get married?
Virginia O'Brien steals the show
Miss Deadpan is at her finest. This is such a charming movie, one of my all time favourites.
Judy Is So Funny!
- Donna Reinhart
Judy is very funny in this movie and sings good too! One of her best!
Loved this picture and the music