Harvey Girls
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The Harvey Girls

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Director: George Sidney, Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger

Cast: George Sidney, Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger

     
 

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This Warner DVD release of The Harvey Girls is a great example of the classic MGM musical: great stars and contract players, lush color photography, and high production values are all put together with a silly, fun story that can be enjoyed along with exceptional musical numbers. Not only do you get the young and fresh-faced Judy Garland, the long-limbed legend

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This Warner DVD release of The Harvey Girls is a great example of the classic MGM musical: great stars and contract players, lush color photography, and high production values are all put together with a silly, fun story that can be enjoyed along with exceptional musical numbers. Not only do you get the young and fresh-faced Judy Garland, the long-limbed legend Cyd Charisse, a surprisingly sexy Angela Lansbury, and a stellar supporting cast of comic giants, but the DVD extras are a real treat as well. The disc offers deleted musical numbers which stand up to anything in the finished film, a stereo mix of the movie's most famous musical number, various vocal takes of the Oscar-winning Johnny Mercer-Harry Warren score, and notes and insights into the scoring session itself. The movie was made a good ten years before the widescreen aspect ratio became the norm, so the beautifully restored full-screen transfer is as close to the original theatrical release as you can get. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track isn't as clean as the image track, but while it reveals some crackle and age in the source recording, it won't hamper your enjoyment of the movie in any way. Obviously a labor of love, this budget-priced DVD will be appreciated by film scholars, and by fans of Hollywood's golden age. The fact that Warner Bros. owns and is releasing this MGM classic musical is in itself a sad commentary on the decline of a once great motion picture company.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Judy Garland was already starting her "problem period" by 1946, but one would never know it from looking at The Harvey Girls -- and that's all to the film's benefit, for she has to carry a great deal of it herself. The screenplay is partly at fault; it's serviceable, but no more, even though the basic idea and setting are unusual enough to have inspired much better. The bigger problem for Garland is that she has in John Hodiak one of the dullest and least appealing leading men of her career and so has to work extra hard to make their story believable. She gets a good deal more support from the score, which is always pleasant and contains two outstanding numbers, "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" and the slightly melancholy "It's a Great Big World." Choreographer Robert Alton is also an asset, especially in these two numbers, as well as "Swing Your Partner Round and Round" and young Cyd Charisse's dance to "Wait and See." Aside from Hodiak, the cast all provide solid performances, and the film has the polished beauty one expects from the legendary Freed Unit, but it's still Garland's show all the way. Whether imbuing a song with her special throbbing belt or comically retrieving steaks purloined from the restaurant, she makes an average picture into something a little special.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2001
UPC:
0012569534827
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

3 deleted musical numbers: "My Intuition" and the original and reprise of "March of the Doggies"; "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" sequence remixed in stereo; Feature-length audio commentary by director George Sidney; Singsong Express audio track trainload of scoring session music cues; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Susan Bradley
John Hodiak Ned Trent
Ray Bolger Chris Maule
Angela Lansbury Em
Preston S. Foster Judge Sam Purvis
Marjorie Main Sonora Cassidy
Cyd Charisse Deborah
Virginia O'Brien Alma
Kenny Baker Terry O'Halloran
Chill Wills H.H. Hartsey
Selena Royle Miss Bliss
Ruth Brady Ethel
Jack Lambert Marty Peters
Edward Earle Jed Adams
Morris Ankrum Rev. Claggett
William "Bill" Phillips First Cowboy
Ben Carter John Henry
Norman Leavitt Cowboy
Stephen McNally Goldust McClean
Hazel Brooks Actor
Lucille Casey Actor
Vernon Dent Engineer
Mary Jo Ellis Actor
Kay English Actor
Dorothy Gilmore Actor
Gloria Hope Harvey Girl
Mitchell Lewis Sandy
Peggy Maley Actor
Robert E. O'Connor Conductor
Jim Toney Mule Skinner
Bunny Waters Actor
Jacqueline White Actor
Eve Whitney Actor
Mary Jane French Actor
Daphne Moore Actor
Dorothy Tuttle Actor
Erin O'Kelly Actor
Dallas Worth Dance Hall Girl
Virginia Hunter Jane
Catherine McLeod Louise
Ray Teal Conductor

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Albert Akst Editor
Robert Alton Choreography
Edmund Beloin Screenwriter
Harry Crane Screenwriter
Nathaniel Curtis Screenwriter
Roger Edens Songwriter
William Ferrari Art Director
George Folsey Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eleanore Griffin Original Story
Mildred Griffiths Set Decoration/Design
Lennie Hayton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
William Rankin Original Story
Samson Raphaelson Screenwriter
James Rice Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Kay Thompson Songwriter
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Warren Score Composer,Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits. [2:03]
2. Dedication; "In the Valley" [2:53]
3. Susan Meets the Girls. [5:56]
4. Sandrock; "Wait and See." [4:12]
5. "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." [8:16]
6. The Bridegroom. [4:11]
7. Staying Put. [2:28]
8. "The Train Must Be Fed." [2:18]
9. "Oh, You Kid!" [2:06]
10. Steak Roundup. [5:39]
11. "It's a Great Big World." [8:35]
12. Getting Somewhere. [4:32]
13. Blacksmith Chris. [3:06]
14. "The Wild, Wild West." [3:17]
15. Visiting Ned's Valley. [4:15]
16. Snake Out of Place." [2:13]
17. "Wait and See" Reprise. [5:25]
18. Belles of the Brawl. [2:45]
19. The Party; Footloose Chris. [4:23]
20. "Swing Your Partner Round and Round." [6:31]
21. Party Crashers. [3:04]
22. Ned's News. [3:22]
23. Harvey House Ablaze. [2:41]
24. Traveling Days Over. [2:48]
25. Em Makes Good. [2:40]
26. Falling for Each Other; Finale. [1:06]

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The Harvey Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like Judy and Ray both, but to me, this movie was a bit of a snooze. I didn't like most of the songs, the costumes, the set design, the story, etc. The only thing that kept me watching was Angela Langsbury, believe it or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie on TV, and I liked it. It's no West-Side Story, but it's kind of hilarious because some of the acting is transparent and their movements looked fake. Judy Garland's character is annoying because she keeps holding her hands up to her face whenever she's confused. But it was a good movie, overall. I guess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the all time best!! Having studied the real harvey girls it shows closer to the truth than anything else!!!
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