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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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The Big Musical with Broadway Flair and a Western Air! See more »


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Location shooting was in Palm Springs with large cut outs of saguaro cacti dotted around the set to create the illusion of the desert. With temperatures topping 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and dust from low flying planes from a WWII military airfield nearby, production was plagued with shooting delays. See more »


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


Danny Churchill, Jr.: He certainly does pack a terrific wallop.
Ginger Gray: Who?
Danny Churchill, Jr.: Mr. Put-Your-Cards-On-The-Table.
Ginger Gray: He's a very nice fella.
Danny Churchill, Jr.: Yes. He's a very nice fella, just the guy to get Juliet off the balcony...
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Featured in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »


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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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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