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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Busby Berkeley finished directing the finale ("I Got Rhythm" number, which was filmed first), he was fired by producer Arthur Freed and replaced by Norman Taurog. The reasons vary: modern sources say he was way over budget and behind schedule. Freed himself claimed it was because of a personality clash with Judy Garland, who requested his dismissal. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bud Livermore: Looks a little nervous, doesn't he?
Polly Williams: He's a study...
Bud Livermore: Yea...
Polly Williams: ...in suicide.
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: George Gershwin Remembered (1987) 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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Mickey and Judy's best!
16 January 2006 | by cutter-12See all my reviews

Mickey Rooney is hilarious, Judy Garland charms your socks off with her incredible talent, Busby Berkely adds his genius, Norman Taurog is in top form, and Tommy Dorsey swings the joint with his big band in this exceptional MGM wartime Musical. Top it off with a superb Gershwin's score, Rags Ragland, Nancy Walker and June Allyson in solid supporting roles and you have one helluva entertaining songfest.

What more can you ask for? If this one doesn't make you laugh and tap your toes nothing will. Sure it's fluff but oh what good fluff! Escapist fun in 1943 and just as good now. Judy and Mickey were always great together and made some decent musicals, but this is the best I've seen. A thorough delight from start to finish.

What talent Hollywood once had that is gone forever. There's more entertainment value in the first 25 minutes of this picture than in most current films I've seen lately combined.

See it. It's a gem.


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