THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946) I thought that it was a very lovely and entertaining Romantic Musical with some fun and laughs in it. Judy Garland plays Susan, a Mail Order Bride, who calls off the wedding and instead becomes one of the famous "Harvey Girls", waitresses serving the passengers from the trains at a newly opened Harvey Restaurant. There she meets Ned Trent, played by John Hodiak, the owner of the Saloon across from the restaurant who is not in favour of them being there, and he along with the Judge tries to ruin their business. At first Susan and Ned hate each other and she stands up to him, but eventually they start having feelings toward each other and fall in love.
All the songs were fantastic and of course Judy sang them beautifully. I thought John Hodiak was very handsome and that Angela Lansbury was amazing as Em the jealous saloon singer.
The rest of the cast was magnificent too and there were a lot of famous faces in it--Ray Bolger, Cyd Charisse, Virginia O'Brien and Marjorie Main.
*Contributed by: "Nina M." Date: Thurs, Jan 25 2007 / 5:22:49 PSTAcademy Awards®
1947 Won Best Music, Original Song: For the song "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe"--Harry Warren (music), Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
1947 Nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture: Lennie Hayton