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When the Boys Meet the Girls

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Treat it like a party record and you may get a few kicks from this rock-a-hula remake of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Girl Crazy. Half the 11-tune score features a sullen Connie Francis, profoundly unconvincing as a ranch owner-turned-divorcée resort hostess, trembling her sleepy-voiced way through such standards as ”I Got Rhythm” and ”Embraceable You.” But scan the chapter-stop listings on the disc jacket and you can skip to the goofily mismatched specialty acts: Herman’s Hermits warbling a sub-Spinal Tap bit of dreck titled ”Listen People,” ”special guest star” Liberace toothily pounding out a classics-tinged mambo, and Louis Armstrong dropping in for a passable throwaway, ”Throw It Out Yo’ Mind.” One or two viewings and that’s just what yo’ll do. Collectors note: This is one of MGM/UA’s monthly exclusive-to-disc releases; there are no plans to let When the Boys Meet the Girls loose on cassette any time soon. C

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