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Girl Crazy

This is the second film treatment of the 1930 stage click Girl Crazy, the first being an RKO 'B' starring Wheeler and Woolsey, with all of the crack tunes tossed out at that time except 'I Got Rhythm'.

This is the second film treatment of the 1930 stage click Girl Crazy, the first being an RKO ‘B’ starring Wheeler and Woolsey, with all of the crack tunes tossed out at that time except ‘I Got Rhythm’.

Judy Garland is in the role originally played by Ginger Rogers on the stage, while Nancy Walker, new to the screen in Best Foot Forward, is in a semblance of Ethel Merman’s part. But all the double entendre is tossed out with the locale switched from a dude ranch to a western university. It’s to the latter that a NY newspaper publisher sends his playboy son (Mickey Rooney). Rooney puts the university on its financial feet and makes it co-educational. The girls he attracts are plenty and pretty.

The story thread is light, but enough to string together the George and Ira Gershwin songs, i.e., ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Treat Me Rough’, ‘Bidin’ My Time’, ‘Could You Use Me’ and ‘Not for Me’.

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Garland is a nifty saleswoman of the numbers right down to the over-produced ‘Rhythm’ finale which was Busby Berkeley’s special chore.

Girl Crazy

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Fred Finklehoffe; Camera William Daniels, Robert Plancke; Editor Albert Akst; Music George Gershwin
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: Mickey Rooney Judy Garland June Allyson Nancy Walker Gil Stratton Rags Ragland
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