GIRL CRAZY (1943)

"Faithfulness Overcomes Philandering"

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Content: +1 Discernment required for young children.

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What You Need To Know:

GIRL CRAZY is the last musical Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney did together, in 1943. Rooney plays Danny, a young man who transforms from a playboy to a gentlemen with a young woman’s help. Of course, Judy plays the young woman. When Danny finds someone he really appreciates and loves, he treasures her and her heart and doesn’t want to hurt her. Danny comes to realize that love isn’t a feeling of romantic interest. Love is something that grows over time and has to be nurtured.

GIRL CRAZY is a humorous, well-made musical comedy with great songs and strong moral themes like staying true to your mate and working hard. The movie’s message of faithfulness is very straightforward and commendable. The movie has an excellent depiction of what love really is. However, there are some negative elements. For example, Danny’s playboy mannerisms in the movie’s first half aren’t children-friendly. There are some suggestive lyrics during the song Danny and a few chorus girls sing in the beginning. GIRL CRAZY also contains some slapstick violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview promotes hard work and has a positive depiction of what love really is as a woman transforms a playboy into a gentleman, plus implied reference to God when a young man looks up at the sky and asks out loud, “What have I done?”

Foul Language:
No obscenities or profanities, just some name calling

Violence:
Several girls rough house a young man, a young man gets thrown off his horse, a girl throws a boy out of her car, two college boys talk of having a fist fight

Sex:
Some suggestive lyrics in a song, a group of girls swarm a rich young playboy and kiss him, a young man flirts with many women and it is referenced that he goes from girl to girl

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Implied alcohol use at nightclub

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A young man lies, but his lying has consequences and is rebuked, and a college student reads another student’s mail.

More Detail:

GIRL CRAZY is a 1943 romantic comedy featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, their ninth and final movie together playing romantic partners. GIRL CRAZY is about a young man, Danny, a rich playboy who attends Yale University. Danny gets in trouble with his father for his playboy antics. During a showcase, Danny sings suggestive lyrics with some chorus girls and makes newspaper headlines. After seeing his son’s story in the paper, Danny’s father ships him off to an all-men’s college out west where there are supposedly no girls.

The movie follows Danny in his adventures in Codyville, the college out west. At first, Danny hates his time in Codyville. The school is out in the middle of nowhere, he has to wake up at the crack of dawn, his peers rope him into riding a wild horse, and on top of all that, there are no girls for him to run wild with at night. Besides that, everyone in the dorm turns in for the night at nine thirty. Danny is constantly complaining about his circumstances, and he gives up very easily. Danny is also very flakey because he wants to leave the school, but he keeps being pulled back. There is only one reason for Danny being unsure if he really wants to leave or not… and that reason is a girl.

When Danny arrived in the town of Codyville, he finds out that there are no taxis, and he has to walk eight miles to the school. He starts on the long hike until he spots a car and excitedly runs to it. He sees someone working underneath the car and automatically assumes it’s a man. However, much to his surprise, it actually turns out to be a young woman named Ginger who he later finds out is the Dean’s granddaughter. Danny is very taken with Ginger as he is with all the pretty girls, and he makes advances towards her, but Ginger isn’t having any of his playboy mannerisms, and she pushes him aside. After Danny fixes Ginger’s car, she starts the car and leaves him stranded.

Danny changes throughout the course of the movie. At first, Danny is frolicking with all the girls he finds attractive. However, when he sees Ginger, he realizes that he wants her and only her. Although he still has some moments where he flirts with other girls, Ginger changes his heart. Ginger gets Danny to see that his lifestyle will not make him happy but staying faithful to the one person he truly loves will.

Ginger, unlike Danny, has very many, admirable characteristics. She is very innocent and wants to stay true to just one man. Ginger at first rejects Danny when he comes on to her, because she wants to maintain her innocence. In addition to her purity, Ginger is also a hard worker. She works at college to deliver mail, and she is very diligent at her tasks. Ginger loves everyone and even if multiple men at the college have a crush on her, she’s still very kind to them.

GIRL CRAZY is a humorous, well-made movie, with great songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Judy Garland’s emotional performance of “But Not for Me” is clearly a highlight. The score includes other great Gershwin tunes, including “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

GIRL CRAZY contains strong biblical, moral themes like staying true to your beloved and working hard. The message of faithfulness is very straightforward and commendable. The movie has an excellent depiction of what love really is. However, there are also some negative elements. Although GIRL CRAZY was intended for all audiences, Danny’s playboy mannerisms in the movie’s first part aren’t child friendly. There are some suggestive lyrics during the song Danny and a few chorus girls sing in the beginning about Danny wanting to be with every beautiful woman. GIRL CRAZY also contains some slapstick violence. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

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