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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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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names):Alphonse Martell (Waiter), Barbara Bedford (Churchill's secretary), Sarah Edwards (Governor's secretary), Harry C. Bradley (Governor's crony), Spec O'Donnell (Fiddle player), Sidney Miller (Ed), and all the Committee women, Blanche Rose, Helen Dickson, Melissa Ten Eyck, Vangie Beilby, Julia Griffith, Lillian West, Sandra Morgan, Peggy Leon and Bess Flowers. 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 »


Ginger Gray: Were you always out of your mind?
Danny Churchill, Jr.: No, no just lately.
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Treat Me Rough
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by June Allyson, Mickey Rooney, The Music Maids, The Stafford Sisters and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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The Gershwins plus Garland plus Rooney Equals Entertainment
13 June 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lively musical, but what else can you expect from those two sparkplugs, Garland and Rooney. Actually, Rooney is more restrained than usual which helps. Garland is in fine form, especially with the Embraceable You number, which is also very well staged and choreographed. I like the western setting, unusual for an A-musical, but it works. However, the curtain-closing I Got Rhythm appears over-done, especially the six-gun fusillade. Then too, those marching phalanxes of cowboys and girls are unmistakably Busby Berkeley at work. The plot's a typical Let's Put on a Show, only this time it's to rescue a college's floundering enrollment. The show's also a good excuse to parade around a lot of statuesque beauties, but who's complaining. Too bad, this was the dynamic duo's last pairing— together they certainly light up the screen.

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Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Girls Meet the Boys See more »


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$1,140,850 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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