A story so nice they did it...thrice! The Gershwin musical Girl Crazy finds yet another financially strapped out-West ranch in need of youthful showbiz enthusiasm in this star-studded, '60s-tinged movie redo. Connie Francis and Harve Presnell play the young songbirds eager to turn the spread into a moneymaking dude ranch. There's plenty of music making, too, with original Gershwin songs plus an eclectic mix of specialty numbers by Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and, in a co-starring appearance that would be followed by two headlining movies, Herman's Hermits. A lineup like this can only happen in the movies -- and When the Boys Meet the Girls.
Narrative takes a back seat to music in this loose remake of GIRL CRAZY, as Harve Presnell plays a footloose young millionaire who meets perky Connie Francis and hatches a scheme to save her father's failing Nevada ranch by turning it into a resort for people waiting out their quickie Las Vegas divorces. This was an early musical vehicle for then-Broadway star Presnell, who would gain notoriety with film fans years later as a character actor in FARGO, PATCH ADAMS, and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Besides, how often do you get to see a musical that features Louis Armstrong, Liberace, Herman's Hermits, and Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs'
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