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Girl Crazy (1943)

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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys  »

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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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Trivia

In the finale of the movie, a musical scene entitled "I Got Rhythm" Ginger Gray (played by Judy Garland) and Danny Churchill Jr. (played by Mickey Rooney) are lifted by a group of cowboys, while guns were going off around them. Garland was terribly afraid to do this shot, and Rooney had to coax her into it. See more »

Goofs

The white guitar Ginger has in the "Bidin' My Time" number doesn't appear to have any strings. See more »

Quotes

'Rags': Money is just like women and popcorn: the more you get the more you want.
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Version of When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Some of the best musical numbers ever put on film are here...
25 January 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

I ignored this movie for years thinking it was just another over-exuberant essay in the over-abundant MGM collection of sappy adolescent musicals. I'm glad that listening to an English revival of the original musical finally motivated me to watch it, because some of the best musical numbers ever put on film are here. Busby Berkeley started as the director but was replaced for supposedly tyrannical behavior. His production numbers appear at the end and are quite amazing, choreographing "I've Got Rhythm" with guns and bullwhips. All the numbers on this movie are quite exceptional, in particular "Biding My Time" one of the Gershwin brothers' finest and most surprising tunes, but also "Treat Me Rough" and "Could You Use Me". And the arrangements are some of the best I've ever heard, anticipating the harmonies of the Hi-Los and the Four Freshmen by a decade and a half. Judy has never looked prettier nor sung as purely and Mickey pulls out all the stops without (well, almost) going over the top. He even plays a terrific piano solo, with Tommy Dorsey! I never get tired of watching this movie. It's an explosion of pure pleasure.


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