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Norman Taurog, 1943
USA | Format: 35mm | 100 minutes
“If there are still a few die-hards who deny that [Garland and Rooney] are the most incorrigibly talented pair of youngsters in the movies, Girl Crazy should serve as final rebuttal”
—The New York Times
MGM’s adaptation of a 1930 Broadway musical flushed its plot but kept the Gershwin score—delivered to a fare-thee-well by both stars and Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra. Judy’s “Embraceable You”—staged (and partnered) by Charles Walters—remains a supreme screen moment. Also refreshing is the evolution of her onscreen partnership with Rooney: here, instead of pining for him, she enjoys being pursued.
June Allyson, Nancy Walker, Guy Kibbee, Rags Ragland, and Frances Rafferty share the fun, but it’s basically about Judy, Mickey, Tommy, George & Ira.