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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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Complete credited cast:
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Jimmy Frobisher

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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!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

15 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andy Hardy Cava a Vida  »

Box Office


$401,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tag line for the film 'Mickey Woos! Judy Sings!' was featured on a number of ads for the release. Although she pre-recorded four songs for the film, these were all dropped before release. Except a brief rendition of 'Happy Birthday', Judy Garland is song less throughout the film. See more »


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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Follows Judge Hardy and Son (1939) See more »


The Hardy Series Theme Music
Written by David Snell
Played at the start and end of the movie
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Life Begins for Andy Hardy takes a somewhat somber note in the series
22 June 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

It's almost ironic I watched this Judge Hardy's Family entry on Father's Day (yesterday) since for most of the film, Andy is away from his dad in New York City trying to make it on his own there during the summer after just graduating high school. Judy Garland-in her last series appearance-is there as Betsy Booth to lend him support though he doesn't accept her money to get by when he's initially jobless. He also has to deal with an aspiring dancer who used to live in his room and who is getting no offers. And then there's a lady in his new job who he seems to have fallen for...This was a more serious entry in the series with only a few laughs. Ms. Garland had filmed some songs as in previous entries but they were cut for supposedly breaking the flow of the drama. She and Mickey are the best thing in it and when Lewis Stone joins them, it's even more fun! Another touching father-and-son talk occurs in the restaurant scene. Oh, and I also liked Andy and Polly's goodbye scene. So on that note, Life Begins for Andy Hardy is worth seeing for those who like the series.

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