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Film / The Harvey Girls

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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.

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  • 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.)
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  • 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.


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