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.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
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