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The Harvey Girls Movie Review Summary

Actors: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Angela Lansbury, Ray Bolger, Majorie Main, Cyd Charisse, Virginia O'Brien

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Susan Bradley boards the Atcheson, Topeka, and the Santa Fe train to head out West and get married. She only knows her future husband by his letters. On the train, she meets a group of Harvey Girls, who are going to be waitresses at the new Harvey resturant that is going to open up in town. When they arive, they find it's a real wild west town. The church has closed and the saloon is the main place of entertainment. And, they don't want a group of waitresses who want to bring civilization to the town.
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Meanwhile, Susan finds out that her husband to be is a lanky, uncouth cowboy. Although he's nice, she isn't attracted to him, and she finds that he isn't attracted to her. They amiacably agree not to marry, and she also finds out that he didn't even write the letters. The owner of the saloon, Ned Trent did. Furious that this man toyed with the affections of a young woman, she goes to confront him, and instead of taking him up on his offer to pay her way back home, she decides to join the Harvey Girls. She forms a bond with two of them, Alma and Deborah. When the town does its best to get rid of them, with guns being shot into the hotel in the middle of the night, and snakes being put in the shower, these three decide to stick it out. Susan has a love hate feel for Ned Trent, who she finds herself attracted to, but who she also knows wants to run the Harvey business out of town. She also has the rival of Em, one of the saloon dancers who is attracted to Ned, and can't help seeing Ned's growing attraction for Susan.

The Harvey Girls manage to stay open due to their perseverance (as well as Susan's armed village to the saloon when their steaks get stolen) and the romantic entanglements get sorted out amid singing and dancing. This is the movie that reunited Judy Garland and Ray Bolger who danced down the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz
The review of this Movie prepared by Angela Tircuit



Script Analysis of The Harvey Girls

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   musical Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   waitor/waitress How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   waitor/waitress Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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