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Girl Crazy (1943)

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A young philandering playboy is sent to a College, somewhere in the American West, and organizes a show, together with his sweetheart, to save the college from closure due to falling enrollments.


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





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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Polly Williams: [Danny is about to crown the Queen of the Rodeo] You're about to see a man buried alive!
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion in Winter (1992) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Performed Rags Ragland and chorus
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romantic / comedy musical
29 March 2001 | by vesselofthelordSee all my reviews

This was the highest grossing movie in 1943 and nominated for an academy award . If you like old romantic /comedies , you're sure to like this film . It has 2 of my favorite stars Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. The movie takes place on a western university . Throw in a spoiled city brat taking a shine to deans daughter and the university about to be closed ( due to lack of funds ) adds up to a funny and delightful movie. You get a little of everything in this movie - great songs , dancing , comedy , romance , cowboys/cowgirls - go out and rope in this movie and enjoy it tonight.

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Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys See more »


Box Office


$1,140,850 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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