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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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Skidding  »

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$190,000 (estimated)
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Aurania Rouverol's play, "Skidding," opened in New York on 21 May 1928. See more »

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Followed by Judge Hardy's Children (1938) See more »

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A Family Affair is a good start for the Hardy family series
31 May 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this, the first film in the Hardy Family series. Lionel Barrymore, who I'll always first think of as Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life-my favorite movie, is the Judge Hardy character who's in it with threats of no renomination because of something he's against resulting in his offspring not liking him as well. Mickay Rooney is here as Andy Hardy. He was 16 at the time. Spring Byington is the mother. Both she and Barrymore would reunite for You Can't Take It With You a year later. Nice mix of drama and comedy throughout. Mickey is especially funny but there's also a turn by screen drunk Arthur Housman who I usually associate with Laurel & Hardy. So on that note, I highly recommend A Family Affair.


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