The Harvey Girls [based on the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams and the original story by Eleanore Griffin and William Rankin] is a curious blend of Technicolor wild-westernism, frontier town skullduggery and a troupe of Harvey restaurant waitresses who deport themselves in a manner that's a cross between a sorority and a Follies troupe.

The Harvey Girls [based on the novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams and the original story by Eleanore Griffin and William Rankin] is a curious blend of Technicolor wild-westernism, frontier town skullduggery and a troupe of Harvey restaurant waitresses who deport themselves in a manner that’s a cross between a sorority and a Follies troupe.

John Hodiak is a curious casting in a musical of this nature. Judy Garland, however, makes much of it believable and most of it acceptable. Angela Lansbury is prominent as the Mae West of the casino, Hodiak’s No. 1 flame until Garland, Virginia O’Brien and Cyd Charisse, appear on the scene.

There’s the usual fol-de-rol such as hijacking all the good steaks; snakes in the Harvey gals’ closets; incendiary tactics and the like.

1946: Best Song (‘On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe’).

Nomination: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture

The Harvey Girls

Production

M-G-M. Dir George Sidney; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, Harry Crane, James O'Hanlon, Samson Raphaelson, Kay Van Riper; Camera George Folsey; Editor Albert Akst; Music Lennie Hayton (dir.) Art Dir Cedric Gibbons, William Ferrari

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

Judy Garland John Hodiak Ray Bolger Angela Lansbury Marjorie Main Cyd Charisse
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