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A Family Affair (1937)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 March 1937 (USA)
The first in the series, and the only movie to feature older sister Joan. Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington portrayed Judge and Mom Hardy; roles later taken on by Lewis Stone and Fay Holden.

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In this is the entry into the Andy Hardy series about a small town depression era family, Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and his son, Andy discovers Polly Benedict. As usual, Judge Hardy is concerned with everyone in the family and lends wisdom and calmness to all. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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This is the first of sixteen Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney, but the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy; Barrymore had to withdraw from the series because of mobility issues which confined him to a wheelchair for most of the remainder of his film career.. See more »

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Followed by Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) See more »

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Interesting Start to the Hardy Family
19 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a charming movie which I unfortunately tuned into half way through, shown on Turner Classic Movies in the wee hours on May 19, 2004. I'll look for it again and tape it. I was surprised to see Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy. Very creditable performance. Probably he wasn't used again in the resultant series because of his ill health, but I'm just guessing. It was indeed a treat to see pre-December Bride Spring Byngton (how many of you readers can name her co-stars in that sit com?). And who can name the Western series she was featured in some 40 years ago? I digress. Turner has just started Judge Hardy's Children with Lewis Stone taking his rightful place as Judge Hardy. It's 4:32 am and I think I'm hooked on the students of Carvel High. Check out A Family Affair, you'll like it. Ted Turner must own the rights, so how about an Andy Hardy DVD box?


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