Girl Crazy

Girl Crazy

Director: Busby Berkeley, Norman Taurog Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland

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Overview

This second film version of the George and Ira Gershwin's Broadway hit Girl Crazy stars reigning MGM musical prince and princess Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. The 1932 version of Girl Crazy de-emphasized the main plot, building up the comic subplot involving a timorous temporary sheriff and a city slicker con man -- the better to accommodate that film's stars, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. The 1943 remake does without the comic relief, concentrating on Rooney, a teenaged playboy who is sent to a Western mining school by his father (Henry O'Neill), in the hopes that the Rooney will forsake his wastrel ways. Judy Garland is cast in the role originated on stage by Ginger Rogers: the feisty, lovelorn frontier postmistress Ginger Gray, who falls in love with the hero -- the difference being that Garland has been promoted from postmistress to the daughter of mining-school dean Phineas Armour (Guy Kibbee). The new plot involves a contest for rodeo queen, pitting Ginger against Marjorie Tait (Frances Rafferty), who is also her rival for Rooney's affections. The contest serves a double purpose: Rooney is hoping that the publicity engendered by the rivalry will attract students to the failing school, proof positive that for all of his bravado, he's a swell, altruistic guy underneath. These plot complications are merely prologue for a gargantuan musical finale built upon the Gershwin standard "I Got Rhythm," staged by the film's original director, Busby Berkeley. Other musical carryovers from the stage play include "Embraceable You," "Bidin' My Time," and "But Not for Me." Featured in the cast are June Allyson, Rags Ragland, and the Tommy Dorsey Band.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2018
UPC: 0888574725020
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 3,940

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rooney Danny Churchill Jr.
Judy Garland Ginger Gray
June Allyson Specialty
Nancy Walker Polly Williams
Gil Stratton Bud Livermore
Robert E. Strickland Henry Lathrop
Rags Ragland Rags
Guy Kibbee Dean Phineas Armour
Frances Rafferty Marjorie Tait
Henry O'Neill Mr. Churchill, Sr.
Howard Freeman Gov. Tait
William Beaudine Tom
Barbara Bedford Churchill's Secretary
Vangie Beilby Actor
Karin [Katharine] Booth Girl
Harry C. Bradley Governor's Crony
Hazel Brooks Actor
Jess Lee Brooks Buckets
Jimmy Butler Actor
Sally Cairns Checkroom Girl
Georgia Carroll Actor
Chief Many Treaties Indian Chief
Inez Cooper Actor
Harry Depp Nervous Man
Helen Dickson Actor
Natalie Draper Actor
Mary Elliott Southern Girl
Carol Gallagher Blonde
Joe "Corky" Geil Actor
Bill Hazlett Indian Chief
Rose Higgins Indian Squaw
Richard Kipling Dignified Man
Peggy Leon Actor
Alphonse Martell Waiter
Sidney Miller Ed
Roger Moore Cameraman
Sandra Morgan Actor
Noreen Nash Actor
Spec O'Donnell Fiddle Player
Ted Offenbecker Messenger
Victor Potel Stationmaster
Henry Roquemore Fat Man
Ken Stewart Student
Tommy Dorsey & His Band Themselves
James Warren Actor
Lillian West Actor
Eve Whitney Brunette/Showgirl
Kay Williams Blonde
Fred Coby Radio Man
Frances McInerney Actor
Aileen Haley Actor
Mary Jane French Actor
Linda Deane Showgirl
John Estes Actor
Bob Lowell Boy
Blanche Rose Actor
Julia Griffith Actor
Irving Bacon Reception Clerk
William Bishop Radio Man
Charles Coleman Maitre d'Hotel
Sarah Edwards Governor's Secretary
Bess Flowers Committee Woman
Peter Lawford Bit Part
Don Taylor Boy

Technical Credits
Busby Berkeley Director,Choreography
Norman Taurog Director
Albert Akst Editor
Mac Alper Set Decoration/Design
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Fred F. Finklehoffe Screenwriter
Arthur Freed Producer
Ira Gershwin Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Sid Silvers Screenwriter
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Walters Choreography
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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