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The Harvey Girls (1946). On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a “ Harvey House ” restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travellers. When Susan and her bashful suitor find romance daunting, Susan joins the Harvey Girls instead.

Judy Garland’s at her sweetheart best in this movie about a young woman conned by a player who finds solace and friendship with a group of women and then romance all over again with that player. It’s got great songs, a fun tempo and is genuinely a pretty damn charming film. 7/10.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee, 1949
First row, bottom, left to right: Lionel Barrymore, June Allyson, Leon Ames, Fred Astaire, Edward Arnold, Lassie, Mary Astor, Ethel Barrymore, Spring Byington, James Craig, and Arlene Dahl. Second row, left to right: Gloria DeHaven, Tom Drake, Jimmy Durante, Vera-Ellen, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Berry Garrett, Edmund Gwenn, Kathryn Grayson, and Van Heflin. Third row, left to right: Katharine Hepburn, John Hodiak, Claude Jarman Jr., Van Johnson, Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Christopher Kent, Angela Lansbury, Mario Lanza, and Janet Leigh. Fourth row, left to right: Peter Lawford, Jeanette MacDonald, Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Jules Munshin, George Murphy, Reginald Owen, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, and Red Skelton. Fifth row, left to right: Alexis Smith, Ann Sothern, J. Carrol Naish, Dean Stockwell, Lewis Stone, Clinton Sundberg, Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Spencer Tracy, Esther Williams, and Keenan Wynn.

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Aquarius: Character intros from original screenplay by John McNamara

MGM 25th Anniversary Photo - April 1949

FRONT ROW: Lionel Barrymore, June Allyson, Leon Ames, Fred Astaire, Edward Arnold, Lassie, Mary Astor, Ethel Barrymore, Spring Byington, James Craig, Arlene Dahl

SECOND ROW: Gloria DeHaven, Tom Drake, Jimmy Durante, Vera-Ellen, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Betty Garrett, Edmund Gwenn, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin

THIRD ROW: Katharine Hepburn, John Hodiak, Claude Jarman Jr., Van Johnson, Jennifer Jones, Louis Jourdan, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly Christian Kent (Alf Kjellin), Angela Lansbury, Mario Lanza, Janet Leigh

FOURTH ROW: Peter Lawford, Jeanette MacDonald, Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Jules Munshin, George Murphy, Reginald Owen, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton

FIFTH ROW: Alexis Smith, Ann Sothern, J. Carrol Naish, Dean Stockwell, Lewis Stone, Clinton Sundberg, Robert Taylor, Audrey Totter, Spencer Tracy, Esther Williams, Kennan Wynn.

ABSENT:  Louis Calhern, Cyd Charisse, Gladys Cooper, Nancy Davis, Greer Garson, Jean Hagen, Lena Horne, Jose Iturbi, Deborah Kerr, Marjorie Main, Frank Morgan, Margaret O’Brien, William Powell, Paula Raymond, James Stewart, Barry Sullivan, Don Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Marshall Thompson, Lana Turner, Robert Walker, James Whitmore.