Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Western
On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women travelling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.
Originally conceived as a drama for Lana Turner and Clark Gable, producer Arthur Freed decided instead to attempt a vintage Americana musical after the success of the stage show "Oklahoma!". After Gable returned from serving a tour of duty in the Air Force, Freed attempted to pair him with Judy Garland (who famously had a hit song with "Dear Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You"). Gable was instead put in a drama, Adventure (1945) with Greer Garson. Gene Kelly was briefly considered to co-star before John Hodiak was eventually cast.
Where do ya come from, Tex?
Chris Maule: Massachusetts.
There are several references to "Flagstaff" (AZ) as a town further up the line from "Sandrock". It is referred to as a mining town. Flagstaff never had mines and was a lumbering town. Also, the scenery in the movie (agave, saguaro cactus) is typical of southern New Mexico and Arizona, but the ATSF ran across northern New Mexico and Arizona through quite different scenery.