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.


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  • Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Girl Crazy (1943)
  • Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Girl Crazy (1943)

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19 May 2004 | didi-5
'puttin' on a show' with Gershwin
This Gershwin musical, first staged in 1930 (and filmed, not altogether successfully from a musical point of view, by RKO in 1932) gets another movie version, this time tailored for the talents of MGM's two top young stars, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

The original story gets ditched and in place we get the usual 'kids putting on a show' stuff that Judy and Mickey did in all their collaborations during the 1930s/40s. The songs are done very well - Judy sings 'But Not For Me' and it is absolutely stunning, the way she is photographed during this sequence really complementing the beautiful melody of the song. 'Embraceable You', an unforgivable omission from the '32 version (it was filmed but then scrapped on the wisdom of David Selznick) is back. So Judy is great, while Mickey does the same bubbly act as always but he certainly had talent.

Perhaps one day we'll see a version which does justice to both the original plot as staged *and* the score. Neither the '32 or '43 versions quite got there - but both are worth your time, if only for quite different reasons.

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