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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 inheritance, he and his family must leave for Detroit. The disinherited heir Philip 'Phil' Westcott, adopted son of the deceased relative, has to leave the fabulous mansion Detroit. But the playboy Phil ain't going down without a fight. He decides on a charm offensive. First with Polly Benedict and foremost Andrew 'Andy' Hardy, the son of Judge Hardy. Various complications follow. Written by
Lewis Stone in his role as Judge Hardy in this series became known as the screen's symbol of integrity, but in The Hardys Ride High his honesty was carried to some ridiculous lengths.
The Judge is brought the fabulous news from attorney George Irving that he could be the heir to several million dollars. And a fabulous mansion in Detroit which the foster son of the late relative will of course have to vacate.
But heir John 'Dusty' King ain't going down without a fight. He decides on a charm offensive first with Ann Rutherford and especially with wide eyed Mickey Rooney.
It's easy to see why playboy Dusty was disinherited with his spendthrift ways. If the Hardys can establish a relationship which dates back to Stone's great-great-grandfather who was a War Of 1812 hero he gets the inheritance. Otherwise it goes to a children's hospital.
The outcome is absolutely ridiculous. Even in the world of Carvel the judge known for his granite integrity would have fought as would have Dusty King for a piece of the estate. I'm sure a Surrogate's Court in Wayne County, Michigan would have made an equitable solution for all parties, the Hardys, King, and the children's hospital.
The tone for this film is set early on when Mickey Rooney pays court on steady girl friend Ann Rutherford in his football uniform ready to recount his gridiron exploits when he finds her at home entertaining the rich, slightly older, and far more sophisticated William T. Orr. Mickey's being put down makes him resolve to become more of a man of the world and the inheritance will give him the means to achieve that. But the idea of little Mickey playing varsity football in high school is just a bit much to swallow. I don't think Andy Hardy would have made the team even in 1939.
Sara Haden who is mom Fay Holden's spinster sister and lives with the Hardys even gets a makeover and becomes a mark for con artist Minor Watson. The whole family faces crises of a different kind.
The Judge was too honest and just a bit too much for me to swallow the message of The Hardys Ride High.
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