Should Be Better Known Aug 27, 2010
For those who wanted more of "The Wizard of Oz", there are bits of its talent to be seen here. Set in the transition period from Wild to Tamed West, Judy Garland and Ray Bolger entertain us with JG's "The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" and Bolger does some of his famous vaudville birthed dance routines. This is a story centered around the beginning of the first chain restaraunt, Harvey House which serviced the trains transporting people through that territory.
Many aspects of this film had to have been noted by subsequent Hollywood prods/dirs. The opening scene is reprised in "The Greatest Show on Earth", "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Show Boat". Some of the skits also are reprised like the charity dance of "Oklahoma!" is very much like the church social affair in this film. With imitators like those, you know you'll be entertained.
This movie was made in the mid-Forties but somehow the DVD got Director George Sidney to do a voice over commentary! There are also a couple of deleted musical scenes written by Johnny Mercer that went to the cutting room floor. Why? I can't say. I thought they fit nicely in the story.
Should you watch it? Well, it is Judy Garland in her prime as an actress and singer, so, yah, watch it.