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Girl Crazy (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 25 March 1932 (USA)
New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Jimmy Deegan - The Taxi Driver
Robert Woolsey ...
Slick Foster - The Gambler
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Patsy - The Gal of the Golden West
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Danny Churchill - The Heroine
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Tessie Deegan - Deegan's Sister
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George Mason - The New York Villain
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Kate Foster - The Gambler's Wife
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Molly Gray - The Heroine
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Lank Sanders - The Arizona Heavy
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Mary
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pete (as Crispen Martin)
Monte Collins ...
Bartender (as Monty Collins)
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New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his friend Slick, a professional gambler and his wife Kitty, to help him. Slick decides to go there in a cab, driven by shy Jimmy. Jimmy's younger sister Tessie also travels there. There Danny has fallen in love with Molly, but troubles arise for him when the local heavy decides that he doesn't like the ranch and announces running for sheriff. Danny and Slick got the idea that Jimmy would be the ideal candidate, especially because of the fact that the heavy has announced he would kill another sheriff. With some help Jimmy is elected, but Molly leaves Danny with a New York shyster for Mexico. Mitzi, Danny, Kitty, Patsy - Jimmy's sweetheart as well as Jimmy and Slick follow her to win her heart back for Danny, but they are followed by the local heavy and his friend. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Sensational Gershwin Song Hits

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Comedy | Musical

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Passed
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted from a Broadway stage musical, "Girl Crazy" opened on October 14, 1930 at the Alvin Theater in New York (now known as the Neil Simon Theatre) and ran for 272 performances. Ginger Rogers starred, and Ethel Merman, in a supporting role, introduced her first trademark song, "I Got Rhythm." See more »

Quotes

Slick Foster: You were elected 800 to 1.
Jimmy Deagan: How did that one get in there?
Slick Foster: I don't know, but I have demanded a recount.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, none of the characters are identified by their proper names. They are listed simply as "The Hero", The Heroine", "The Taxi Driver", etc. See more »

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I Got Rhythm
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Played during the opening and closing credits
Performed by Kitty Kelly and chorus
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How Can You Screw Up a Gershwin Musical?
22 January 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Easy. First you remove most of the songs, and then you give one of the most popular comedy teams of the day nothing to work with. All downhill from there. I really don't understand why the producers removed songs and inserted a couple of tuneless ones in their place. The new ones sounded like Gershwin rejects they had stashed in a trunk somewhere. "I Got Rhythm" could have been a show-stopper but it took place in a night club, in one of the most bizarre, surreal musical numbers ever committed to film. I think jaw-dropping is an apt term.

In the early 30's, Wheeler and Woolsey were one of the best comedy teams extant. They had made "Hook,Line and Sinker", and "Half Shot At Sunrise", both in 1930. Now, those were funny pictures with good, funny material. "Girl Crazy" was reissued with "Peach-O-Reno" by Warner Archives collection, and there is hardly an unforced laugh in either one. Dreadfully unfunny movies.

I could go on and on but why bother. My rating is more a reflection of disappointment than anything else. But The Gershwins and Wheeler and Woolsey deserved better.


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