Released in 1946, this MGM Musical film is based on the 1942 novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Directed by George Sidney, this Western-themed story pits characters played by Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury in a love triangle with John Hodiak.
Tropes featured in this film:
- Award-Bait Song: "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe"
- Cool Train: The Virginia and Truckee's "Inyo"◊ standing in for a Santa Fe locomotive in the "On the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe" number.
- Leave the Camera Running: The take of Susan's solo during "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" is a single, continuous shot.
- Mail-Order Bride: Judy Garland starts her journey as one of these, but when she arrives, she takes one look at the prospective groom and gets a job as a Harvey Girl instead. (The Harvey Girls, who actually existed, were waitresses at Harvey House restaurants.)
- Non-Singing Voice: Surprisingly, Angela Lansbury's singing voice was dubbed by Virginia Rees. The way Lansbury tells it, MGM liked her for the role of the low-down saloon singer... in every aspect except her singing voice!
- Train Song: Susan and the company sing "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" — after arriving at their destination.