Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father ... See full summary »
Jimmy Connors and his girl-friend want to take part in Paul Whiteman's highschool's band contest, but they cannot afford the fare. But per chance the meet Paul Whiteman in person and are ... See full summary »
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee ... See full summary »
Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns ... See full summary »
Captain Lovett ordered his first mate Thompson to get rid of his slave-trading crew and get a more respectable bunch for standard shipping, but when he brings his new bride Nancy aboard he ... See full summary »
Andy's girlfriend Polly is planning to spend Christmas at her grandmother's, which puts a kink in his plans to take her to the country club Christmas party. He agrees (for a fee) to pretend... See full summary »
Andy wants to buy a new car so he goes into the judge's home office where his father is about to write a $200 check to charity. He asks his dad for the $200 and they go used car shopping. ... See full summary »
June Evans, clothing model, and Tommy Bradford, travel agent, both dream of being rich. When they meet at millionaire, J. Westley Piermont's daughter's wedding, they both assume each other ... See full summary »
Edwin L. Marin
Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is ... See full summary »
I read somewhere that the Andy Hardy movies were the apple of Leo B Mayer's eye. He tested out a number of up and coming starlets in them which is clear from checking the credits of the later movies. This is a 'pilot' of sorts to test out the formula but it's clear immediately that Mickey Rooney was born to play the irrepressible Andy - and Lewis Stone, Judge Hardy. These two have a rapport which would hold the series together throughout - and this became the case offscreen as well, with the two forming a friendship which lasted until Lewis Stone's death. The storyline is totally forgettable but that doesn't matter. What does matter is the Hardy Family; the way they go through life trying to do the right thing.
The one dated aspect of the movie, which may grate on female viewers, is the second-class treatment of the woman-as-housewife. It would take the injection of the one and only Judy Garland to liven things up in the later movies. Even Ann Rutherford had trouble standing up for herself!
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