The Harvey Girls
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This glorified Technicolor commercial for the Fred Harvey restaurants stars Judy Garland as a 19th-century mail-order bride. Upon arriving in New Mexico, Garland discovers that her husband-to-be is the town drunk. She cuts her losses and takes a job at the local Harvey restaurant, an establishment which endeavors to bring a little civilization and class to the wide open spaces. Harvey's operation is challenged by saloon-owner John Hodiak, corrupt-judge Preston S. Foster, and local-madam Angela Lansbury. With the help of tenderfoot Ray Bolger, Garland and her fellow waitresses foil the… More
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"George Sidney's musical western is a joyous, fictionalized tribute to the New England femmes who went out West to bring culture and food; best song is On the Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, which won an Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Perhaps not a musical for the ages, but a larkish and exuberant joy all the same."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Though this creaky musical hasn't aged well, its peak moments are delightful: Dorothy and her Scarecrow reunited, "On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe" and Garland's gift for physical comedy."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"One classic song does not a good musical make"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Not quite top line Garland, but very much fun with a good score."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The story and songs are reminders of a gentler, more innocent age that clearly never existed but was fun imagining in the movies."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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