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 »
Sixth of the Judge Hardy series. Judge James K. Hardy is brought the fabulous news from attorney George Irving, that he could be the heir to 2 million dollars. In order to claim the ... See full summary »
Andy is going to Wainwright College as did his father. He sees a pretty blonde on the train and he is alternately winked at or slapped every time he sees her. Andy is clueless. On the train... See full summary »
With his high school graduation behind him, Andy Hardy decides that as an adult, it's time to start living his life. Judge Hardy had hoped that his son would go to college and study law, ... See full summary »
Andy Hardy is about to graduate from high school and thinks he's pretty big stuff, so he hires a secretary, Kathryn Land. Kathryn and Polly Benedict, Andy's girlfriend, help him pass his ... 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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