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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
Judy Garland's character's name, Ginger Gray, is a tribute to Ginger Rogers, who played the part on Broadway when the character was named Molly Gray. Ginger Rogers wrote that one night onstage in the play, her costar Allen Kearns accidentally said: "Ginger, I love you" instead of "Molly". The mistake got such a huge laugh from the audience that they decided to continue to do that in subsequent performances, pretending it was a mistake. (Source: "Ginger: My Story". New York: Harper-Collins, 1991) See more »
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 »
[Danny is about to crown the Queen of the Rodeo]
You're about to see a man buried alive!
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A typical 1940's musical with the greatest talents of that time - Garland, Rooney, Allyson, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the songs of the Gerschwin Brothers - and all were great! The story was trivial but not insipid. Spoiled boy Rooney gets sent to a western U.S. boys college and falls in love with the only girl on campus - Garland. The college falls on hard times but Rooney and Garland save the day. No surprises here. The story held your interest until the next number was performed. Garland was definitely at the top of her craft. Rooney filled the whole screen. The co-stars also held their own, but I was there for the Dorsey Orchestra which featured what appeared to be a 20 piece orchestra complete with string section. Let's not forget the dance numbers complete with 100 beautiful women, cowboys with guns, a cannon, a marching Dorsey band, everything but the kitchen sink! The audience who attended this showing all applauded at the end of each number. Many were humming or softly singing a tune from the movie. Take some time out to enjoy a fun flick.
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