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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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Fred F. Finklehoffe (screenplay), Guy Bolton (musical play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Danny Churchill Jr.
Judy Garland ... Ginger Gray
Gil Stratton ... Bud Livermore
Robert E. Strickland Robert E. Strickland ... Henry Lathrop
Rags Ragland ... 'Rags' (as 'Rags' Ragland)
June Allyson ... Specialty
Nancy Walker ... Polly Williams
Guy Kibbee ... Dean Phineas Armour
Frances Rafferty ... Marjorie Tait
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Churchill Sr.
Howard Freeman ... Governor Tait
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
Six Hits and a Miss Six Hits and a Miss ... Vocalists
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... The Music Maids
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,140,850 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,770,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The musical play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 14 October 1930 and had 272 performances. The leads were played by Ginger Rogers and Allen Kearns, but the cast also included Ethel Merman in her first Broadway production. She was featured in the "I Got Rhythm" number. "Girl Crazy" was later revised as a new musical, "Crazy For You," which opened on Broadway in 1992, starring Harry Groener and Jodi Benson. It won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for 1,622 performances. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ginger Gray: You just don't ask a girl to marry you like you're going to the hardware store to buy a coffeegrinder. I mean you just don't come up to a girl and say 'The humidity is very high for this time of year will you marry me?'
Henry Lathrop: I just didn't want to get... uh romantic.
Ginger Gray: Oh you just didn't want to get "UH" romantic. What are you saving it for?
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Connections

Referenced in An American Girl on the Home Front (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Could You Use Me?
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
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The Best Gerswhin score is given the MGM treatment
3 July 2005 | by marknycSee 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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