Review: Girl Crazy (1943)

Of the Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movies I’ve seen, this is my least favorite by far. Mickey is manic as a rich kid playboy who’s sent out west to an all-boys dude ranch/school. He falls for postmistress Judy, who spends most of the movie giggling when she’s not singing.

It says a lot about the movie when I admit the highlight for me was a musical number (“Treat Me Rough”) belted out by June Allyson, a performer who usually makes my skin crawl. The movie is probably best known for the finale, a whip cracking rendition of “I’ve Got Rhythm” staged by Busby Berkeley. [** out of 5]


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