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Girl Crazy (1943)

Girl Crazy (1943)





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In this second film version of the George & Ira Gershwin Broadway hit, Mickey Rooney stars as a teen-aged playboy who is sent to a western mining school by his father. Judy Garland plays the feisty, lovelorn daughter of the mining-school dean, who falls in love with the hero.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Mickey Rooney
as Danny Churchill Jr.
Judy Garland
as Ginger Gray
Gil Stratton
as Bud Livermore
Robert E. Strickland
as Henry Lathrop
June Allyson
as Specialty
Nancy Walker
as Polly Williams
Guy Kibbee
as Dean Phineas Armour
Frances Rafferty
as Marjorie Tait
Howard Freeman
as Gov. Tait
Henry O'Neill
as Mr. Churchill Sr.
Eve Whitney
as Brunette/Showgirl
Kay Williams
as Blonde
Roger Moore
as Cameraman
Charles Coleman
as Maitre d'Hotel
Harry Depp
as Nervous Man
Richard Kipling
as Dignified Man
Frances McInerney
as Checkroom Girl
Sally Cairns
as Checkroom Girl
Barbara Bedford
as Churchill's Secretary
Victor Potel
as Stationmaster
Bill Hazlett
as Indian Chief
Ken Stewart
as Student
Irving Bacon
as Reception Clerk
Mary Elliott
as Southern Girl
Georgia Carroll
as Showgirl
Aileen Haley
as Showgirl
Noreen Nash
as Showgirl
Ted Offenbecker
as Messenger
Natalie Draper
as Showgirl
Hazel Brooks
as Showgirl
Mary Jane French
as Showgirl
Inez Cooper
as Showgirl
Linda Deane
as Showgirl
Sarah Edwards
as Governor's Secretary
William Bishop
as Radio Man
James Warren
as Radio Man
Fred Coby
as Radio Man
Blanche Rose
as Committee Woman
Helen Dickson
as Committee Woman
Melissa Ten Eyck
as Committee Woman
Vangie Beilby
as Committee Woman
Julia Griffith
as Committee Woman
Lillian West
as Committee Woman
Sandra Morgan
as Committee Woman
Peggy Leon
as Committee Woman
Bess Flowers
as Committee Woman
Harry C. Bradley
as Governor's Crony
Chief Many Treaties
as Indian Chief
Rose Higgins
as Indian Squaw
Spec O'Donnell
as Fiddle Player
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Critic Reviews for Girl Crazy

All Critics (3)

The highlight of the film is all the bouncy Gershwin brother tunes.

Full Review… | June 12, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie is helped by music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin.

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
Movie Metropolis

[Garland and Rooney] seem like old pros at making the plot machinations seem at least a little fresh.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Girl Crazy


Without a doubt the best of the Garland-Rooney MGM musicals, and their last film in which they starred together; great Gershwin score (from the Broadway musical) is a joy to hear, topped by Judy's "But Not for Me," and the Busby Berkeley-staged finale to "I Got Rhythm."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Mickey Rooney holds the record for having the longest film career in the history of actors. From his film debut at the age of 6, during the silent era, Rooney was known for his musical and comedic talents and with his recent cameo appearance in the 2011 Muppets, Rooney continues to delight to this day. One of Rooney's most famous films are films where he teamed up with Judy Garland. They did several films together, and audiences adored them. Their final film was the musical comedy Girl Crazy, which is what I'm about to review. For me, it's a fun movie, but I found something lacking in it. Mickey Rooney (who was 22 here) plays Danny Churchill Jr., a young playboy who loves to flirt with the women and make headlines. His father (Henry O'Neill), a respectable publisher, is fed up with the headlines, so he sends his son off to a Western college with no women, believing that his education will give up his ways. But Churchill Jr. ends up meeting Ginger Gray (Judy Garland), granddaughter of the school dean (Guy Kibbee) and mail deliverer, who desperately tries to avoid Churchill's charms. When the school is in danger of closing due to the lack of students, Danny and Ginger team up in a campaign to save the school by having a rodeo queen contest, which leads to jealousy. Girl Crazy also features Frances Rafferty as Marjorie Tait, the governor's daughter who falls for Rooney's charm and jazz composer Tommy Dorsey appears in a couple musical numbers with his orchestra. Well, in the first 20 minutes, I believed the film was going to be terrible. Despite Rooney's delightful presence, I was unimpressed with the juvenile humor (such as Rooney attempting to ride a horse) and believed the film was going to be a waste of time. But as the film progressed, the more entertaining it got. Mickey Rooney's charm and witty personality is very entertaining here. I was also impressed with Judy Garland. Her chemistry with Rooney is unforgettable, funny, and full of memorable humor. The film got loads funnier after that stupid horse scene. Girl Crazy was filmed in black-and-white, and while I love the black-and-white format, especially in films like Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sunset Boulevard, Rebecca, and even in the musical crowd in films like Top Hat and Swing Time, here, I wanted the film to be in color. For one thing, a couple like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, some of the finest musical stars ever, should have been given the big treatment, which was color. Their beauty and screen presence would have been loads better had the film been in color. In black-and-white, the cinematography here was a bit dreary. Generally, I love the old black-and-white look, but in Girl Crazy, I was wanting some color to lighten up the dull cinematography. But the good news is, the musical numbers are what makes Girl Crazy the fun film it is. The film opens with "Treat Me Rough", performed by June Allyson and Mickey Rooney, plus Tommy Dorsey's band, and the song was very enjoyable. Judy Garland then sings the ballad "Bidin' My Time" with The King's Men, and I was wowed by Garland's vocals and the harmonies, plus the slow moving choreography was impressive. Then, Rooney and Garland delight in the duet "Can You Use Me", which had some funny charisma coming from Rooney and some memorable choreography (Rooney climbing on top of Garland's car, for instance). Garland and a chorus of men then sing "Embraceable You", which delighted in Garland's beauty and beautiful harmonies (It would have been more impressive had it been filmed in Technicolor). Tommy Dorsey and the band play a number called "Fascinating Rhythm", featuring Rooney on the piano, and it was fun to experience. Garland then sings "But Not for Me", which delights in her wonderful singing talents. And in the finale, Rooney, Garland, Dorsey, and the rest of the cast perform "I Got Rhythm", filled with wonderful singing, amazing choreography, and impressive music. It's definitely the best number in the film and they clearly saved the best for last. I was unimpressed by the juvenile humor in the beginning and the black-and-white cinematography was a bore (would have bee more stunning in color), but with wonderful choreography and musical numbers, plus the delightful chemistry between Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, Girl Crazy was a fun film to watch.

Jacob Martin
Jacob Martin

This is such a fun musical comedy. The teaming of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney is always a delight. They make such a great pairing. Lively, entertaining with some great songs, and Judy singing too!

James Higgins
James Higgins

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