Girl Crazy (1943)

NORMAN TAUROG, BUSBY BERKELEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

USA, 1943.  .  Screenplay by , based on the musical play by , .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 got her first “grown-up” role in this lively adaptation of Rodgers and Hart’s popular musical (with the entire plot and score rewritten and rescored).  plays a Manhattan millionaire playboy whose father feels that his son, being so undisciplined in his relationships with women, needs some life lessons and sends him to a cowpoke university out in the Wild, Wild West. Garland (in the role created onstage by Ginger Rogers, for whom the character was now named) plays the school dean’s granddaughter who is friend to all and everyone’s favourite singer. Rooney thinks she’s dreamy and she thinks he’s a meat head, but after much head butting the two finally pair up in love and then…decide to put on a show to save the university! (Where have we seen this before?) Lots of fun, ending with the usual overly ridiculous Busby Berkeley number that the choreographer of choreographers usually ended his movies with. Most of the songs are wonderful, the top ones being Judy’s renditions of “Bidin’ My Time” (complete with flying guitar) and “Embraceable You”.

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