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The Harvey Girls can just be considered another Warner Archive delicacy

I’m not certain that there’s interest on this forum for three-strip Technicolor musicals, but as I tend to appreciate them, here are a few words about a 1946 George Sidney / Arthur Freed production, with Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O’Brien, Marjorie Main, Cyd Charisse, and others who were found hanging out around M-G-M, and for whatever reason were cast in the film.

For those who aren’t into train travel, there was a gentleman named Fred Harvey, who began opening hotel / cafes along railroad routes, most notably the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.

The women who worked at the restaurants came from around the country, and were known as…

The Harvey Girls.

Travel across the country today, and you’ll see some of the surviving locations, such as the La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.

The film is Technicolor with a capital T, with scans created from magnificent elements, and tracks to match.

One of the highlights, as an extra, is the entire original March of the Doagies sequence with the reprise – not just extra tracks – there of plenty of those also – but the entire three-strip Technicolor sequence.

As explained in the preceding title:

“This massive number was filmed over several evening on the MGM Backlot. The footage was unseen for nearly 50 years until it surfaced and was included in 1994’s That’s Entertainment III.”

The film fits neatly into Ms Garland’s career, between Ziegfeld Follies and Till the Clouds Roll By, which was in turn followed by The Pirate. Warner Archive is getting rather good at ferreting out the classics and sending them forth in brilliant style.

The Harvey Girls can just be considered another Warner Archive delicacy.

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No interest whatsoever in these 3 strip Technicolor musical fantasies made many years before I was born and have no relationship to life as lived by anyone ever. Now when do we get Good News that insightful almost documentary like study into the demands and pressures of college life in the 20s despite the fact that everyone is dressed for the 40s.
 

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No interest whatsoever in these 3 strip Technicolor musical fantasies made many years before I was born and have no relationship to life as lived by anyone ever. Now when do we get Good News that insightful almost documentary like study into the demands and pressures of college life in the 20s despite the fact that everyone is dressed for the 40s.
Good News is magnificent three-strip
 

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Well that certainly is good news because on my large screen TV it looks like a musical version of Lawrence of Arabia.
 

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I love these old MGM, Fox and Warner Bros. musicals from the 1940s & '50s. I'll be buying The Harvey Girls as I wait patiently for my favorite---MGM's Technicolor valentine from 1951--- Show Boat with Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardner, also directed by George Sidney.
 

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I live for MGM's three-strip Technicolor musicals so please continue to discuss them. Sadly so many younger forum folks seem fixated on collecting every episode of third rate 70's sitcoms and cartoon series rather than looking back on earlier and much more entertaining Hollywood achievements.
 

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I live for MGM's three-strip Technicolor musicals so please continue to discuss them. Sadly so many younger forum folks seem fixated on collecting every episode of third rate 70's sitcoms and cartoon series rather than looking back on earlier and much more entertaining Hollywood achievements.
Three-strip was extremely expensive, and generally relegated to major productions.

I once asked Michael Powell - sitting at a picnic table, having lunch - how much of his dailies he saw in Technicolor. On a good day, they would receive a shot or two. The rest, b/w from the M neg.
 

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I also love those (mainly) Arthur Freed Technicolor musicals of the 40s and early 50s, but my understanding is that MGM lost many of the original Technicolor elements in their vault fire of many years ago.
 
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So what are the blurays being made from now?

This also explains why the prints I saw in the 70s at Radio City(well only one really) and the Regency(quite a few. Every summer a MGM festival) were so dazzling. They must have been newly struck before the fire.
 

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I don't remember where I read about the MGM vault fire but I'm almost sure that AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and ON THE TOWN original elements were lost. I'm sure Mr Harris can help us out on the matter.
 

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And here I thought three strip was referring to Gypsy Rose Lee. The education I'm receiving on this forum! Now that I've been educated, I say bring on Good News, Ziegfeld Follies, Words And Music, Yolanda And The Thief and Two Weeks With Love!