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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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26 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys  »

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Budget:

$1,140,850 (estimated)

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

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1.37 : 1
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Location shooting was in Palm Springs with large cut outs of saguaro cactuses dotted around the set to create the illusion of the dessert. With temperatures topping 120 degrees fahrenheit and dust from low flying planes from a WWII military airfield near by - production was plagued with shooting delays. 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

Polly Williams: Hi ya Church, hows your steeple?
Danny Churchill, Jr.: So long Polly, watch your crackers!
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Featured in American Masters: George Gershwin Remembered (1987) 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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'puttin' on a show' with Gershwin
19 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Gershwin musical, first staged in 1930 (and filmed, not altogether successfully from a musical point of view, by RKO in 1932) gets another movie version, this time tailored for the talents of MGM's two top young stars, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

The original story gets ditched and in place we get the usual 'kids putting on a show' stuff that Judy and Mickey did in all their collaborations during the 1930s/40s. The songs are done very well - Judy sings 'But Not For Me' and it is absolutely stunning, the way she is photographed during this sequence really complementing the beautiful melody of the song. 'Embraceable You', an unforgivable omission from the '32 version (it was filmed but then scrapped on the wisdom of David Selznick) is back. So Judy is great, while Mickey does the same bubbly act as always but he certainly had talent.

Perhaps one day we'll see a version which does justice to both the original plot as staged *and* the score. Neither the '32 or '43 versions quite got there - but both are worth your time, if only for quite different reasons.


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