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Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 August 1941 (USA)
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 »

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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, but Andy isn't sure that's what he wants to do so he heads off to New York City to find a job. Too proud to accept any help from Betsy Booth, Andy finds that living on his own isn't so easy. With perseverance he eventually finds a job and even gets to date the pretty receptionist in his office. He also has to face several of life's lessons leading him to conclude that he may still have a bit of growing up to do. Written by garykmcd

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Mickey woos! Judy sings! Best Hardy hit yet!

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Comedy | Romance

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15 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Andy Hardy Cava a Vida  »

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$401,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The eleventh of sixteen Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney, the third pairing of Mickey with Judy Garland. See more »

Quotes

Betsy Booth: Me, a child! Listen here, Andrew Hardy, my mother just bought me an evening dress that simply has no visible means of support!
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Followed by Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) See more »

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The Hardy Series Theme Music
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A Good Edition to the Series
8 July 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Although I have enjoyed every Andy Hardy movie that I have seen, this is probably my favorite entry in the series. It is admittedly a departure from the usual light-hearted comedy of the Hardy movies, but in this case, it works.

In the film, Andy leaves his sheltered small-town life for the city of New York in order to decide whether he wants to go to college or directly join the professional ranks. Andy's dilemma hit home with me when I first saw this film a few years ago since it was a decision that I was facing myself. Many younger viewers will probably be able to relate to the issues and problems that Andy must deal with as he attempts to make the transition from carefree adolescence to adulthood.

Mickey Rooney gives a good performance as Andy Hardy, as does Judy Garland in the role of Betsey Booth. This picture is not as cheerful as most entries in the series, but the most melancholy aspect of this film is the fact that it is Garland's last appearance as Betsey. Betsey is one of the most entertaining characters in the series of movies, and it's unfortunate that she only appears in three of the films.

Overall, this is a very good, although different, entry into the Andy Hardy series of movies.


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