Film Series: The Harvey Girls (1946)
FILM SERIES: WESTWARD THE WOMEN: WESTERNS, WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD
As World War II loomed, roles for women in Westerns began to expand. Postwar, these female Westerns became a significant sub-genre. Western films are loaded with subtext and symbolism and these female-centric screen gems are no exception. Screenwriter and professor Darren Foster will introduce each film and lead a guided discussion after the film. He is the founder of Film Scribe Productions and has several scripts currently under option or in production.
Directed by George Sidney. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury.
A big, gorgeous showpiece for Judy Garland's voice, Ray Bolger's dancing and Angela Lansbury formidable bad girl act. Bosley Crowther, New York Times, wrote at the time of the film's debut, "Miss Garland, of course, is at the center of most of the activity and handles herself in pleasing fashion, up to and including the high notes. John Hodiak acts rather surly as the saloon proprietor and Angela Lansbury, pouty and pomaded, looks dazzling as the queen of the den. Everyone else enters lightly into this beefsteak and hors d'oeuvre opera. It may be a rather lofty tribute to Fred Harvey's girls, but it's a show." 102 minutes. Unrated.