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Girl Crazy (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  25 March 1932 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Jimmy Deegan - The Taxi Driver
Robert Woolsey ...
Slick Foster - The Gambler
Dorothy Lee ...
Patsy - The Gal of the Golden West
Eddie Quillan ...
Danny Churchill - The Heroine
...
Tessie Deegan - Deegan's Sister
Brooks Benedict ...
George Mason - The New York Villain
Kitty Kelly ...
Kate Foster - The Gambler's Wife
Arline Judge ...
Molly Gray - The Heroine
Stanley Fields ...
Lank Sanders - The Arizona Heavy
...
Mary
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pete (as Crispen Martin)
Monte Collins ...
Bartender (as Monty Collins)
The Orchestra
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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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Trivia

Norman Taurog was the uncredited director of the retakes. Subsequently, he would oversee MGM's 1943 version starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Providing new choreography for the "I Got Rhythm" retake with Kitty Kelly in 1932 was Busby Berkeley (also uncredited), who then would stage the Mickey-Judy number 11 years later. Originally tapped to direct, Mr. Berkeley was taken off the Metro production when Roger Edens expressed unhappiness with Mr. Berkeley's "I Got Rhythm" treatment, which Mr. Edens felt overloaded his arrangement. In addition, Miss Garland had complained that Mr. Berkeley's demanding work technique had exhausted her. 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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Version of Great Performances: Crazy for You (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

But Not for Me
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Eddie Quillan and Arline Judge
Also sung by Mitzi Green
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Mitzi, for once a child actress who isn't a scene stealer!
21 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Mr. Oliver summed up "Girl Crazy" very well. I found a collecter's copy of this, mostly to catch Mitzi Green's performance. Mitzi, born in 1920, worked in fifteen films before she was thirteen. Mitzi, at least in this film, was completely different than anything before or after her. Not the sweet, loving little girl... not Mitzi. Here she's a 12 year old flapper, with just the right amount of brattyness to be sweet, smarter than anyone else, and with a talent for "imitations" of the popular singers of the epoch. She had only one short tap dance number that didn't really show her talent. And I'll bet her colleagues loved working with her... for once a child actress who isn't a scene stealer!

Much to my surprise, I found this practically forgotten film has a score and lyrics by the Gershwin brothers, and one of the funniest casts ever, none of whom I'd ever heard of. I generally avoid comedies like the plague, mostly because the modern ones don't seem to be very funny, but this comedy is fast, non-stop, and really funny, right down to the uncredited walk-ons. The scenes & jokes are clever, instead of stupid.... multi-faceted jokes and intelligent slapstick that never lags. The speed and cleverness of it reminds me of the first few minutes of "Romancing the Stone".

Only a few of Mitzi's films are available on video in the classics collectors' market. Her screen time is limited to about 15-20 minutes but, as always, she's worth watching and remembering. The combination of Wheeler & Woolsey, the Gershwin bros. and Mitzi Green make this a film well worth seeing.


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