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Girl Crazy (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  26 November 1943 (USA)
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Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to ... See full summary »

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Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to be a female for miles. But before Danny arrives, he spies a pair of legs extending out from under a stalled roadster. They belong to the Dean's granddaughter, Ginger Gray (Garland), who is more interested in keeping the financially strapped college open than falling for Danny's romantic line. At least at first... Written by Shawn Ashley

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The Big Musical with Broadway Flair and a Western Air! See more »


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Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,140,850 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,770,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"Bronco Busters" (music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin), sung by Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Nancy Walker and chorus, was prerecorded but not filmed. The song is heard on the soundtrack CD from Rhino, and also on "The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection," a Warner Home Video release. See more »

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When Ginger arrives at the college and sees Danny get put onto a horse by some of the students to ride off to a campfire, there seems to be a trainer squatted behind an abandoned carriage cuing the horses. See more »

Quotes

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Soundtracks

Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) (uncredited)
From the stage musical "Lady, Be Good!"
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, with Tommy Dorsey on trombone and Mickey Rooney on piano (dubbed by Arthur Schutt)
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The Best Gerswhin score is given the MGM treatment
3 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Put aside any preconceptions about "Mickey and Judy" movies. In fact, put aside the film entirely. It's watchable, but who cares? The reason to see this film is for the fantastic arrangements of some of Gershwin's best songs.

Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine, soon to be famous for their score for "Meet Me in St. Louis," gave the Gershwins' score (their best show), the five-star treatment with fantastic vocal arrangements - though I'm sure Roger Edens also had a hand in there.

What you get are versions that make these great songs sound even better. "Bidin' My Time," which can be a sleeper if done badly, turns into a rich counterpoint between Judy and a male quartet. "Embraceable You" is given an easy, lightly swinging full choral arrangement after Judy has her turn, and "I Got Rhythm" is taken over the top with Tommy Dorsey and the "Six Hits and A Miss" backing Judy perfectly.

But the piece de resistance is Dorsey's arrangement of "Fascinatin' Rhythm," presented first as a typical swing arrangement (and a great one at that), and then with Mickey playing (appearing to play, actually), a piano solo a la Gershwin's "Variations on I Got Rhythm," complete with hand-crossing and all George's piano tricks - fantastic! Add to this Judy's painfully tender version of "But Not For Me," June Allyson's debut performance of "Treat Me Rough," and you have one of the best film scores ever. ("Bronco Busters," unfortunately cut from the film, is available on CD - in stereo, as are all the tracks.)

If you are a Gershwin fan, this film is a treasure. Thank god they didn't throw out the best songs, as was done a few years earlier when Rodgers & Hart's equally impressive score for "Babes In Arms" was butchered for that film. I guess you had to be dead before your work was treated with respect in Hollywood!


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