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The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy | March 1942 (USA)
While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

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Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young Andy develops a crush on his drama teacher. Meanwhile, Judge Hardy has his own problems when he gets conned into forming a phony aluminum corporation.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.

Director: Willis Goldbeck
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Andy Hardy, now a grown man with a wife and children, returns to his hometown on a business trip and finds himself getting mixed up in local politics.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Patricia Breslin, Fay Holden
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On vacation with his family on California's Catalina Island, Andy Hardy falls head over swim fins for a sophisticated young beauty. Judge Hardy warns his son that she is too fast for him.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker, Mickey Rooney
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The first in the series, and the only movie to feature older sister Joan. Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington portrayed Judge and Mom Hardy; roles later taken on by Lewis Stone and Fay Holden.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Judge Hardy goes to his friend's Arizona ranch to help her in a legal dispute, and he takes his family with him.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Judge Hardy takes a business trip to Washington, DC, where Andy promptly falls for the French ambassador's daughter.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden
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While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

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The twelfth of sixteen Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney. See more »

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Followed by Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) See more »

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Nice Entry in the Series
4 December 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Courtship of Andy Hardy, The (1942)

*** (out of 4)

The twelfth entry in the series finds Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) in all sorts of trouble. For starters, he decides to open his own towing company but after a freak accident he's accused of stealing the man's car, which gets him a date in court. He's also got two or three different women he wants but Judge (Lewis Stone) asks him to take a less popular girl (Donna Reed) to a dance so that she can try and forget her parents rocky divorce. Also troubling the Hardy's the the sisters desire to wear more liberal clothing. I had heard mixed things about this entry but for the most part I found it to be entertaining even if it didn't have as many laughs as previous entries that I've seen. I think, for the most part, the film is a straight drama as there are some pretty dark elements scattered throughout. Not only to we have the ugly divorce harming a child but we even have a drunk scene where Judge gets to tell everything a moral story about it. The majority of the film is centered around the "ugly girl turned pretty" storyline, which doesn't really work here too well as Donna Reed looked good in both forms of her character. They really didn't try to ugly her up very much so it's hard to really understand why no one wanted her already. The performances are all what you'd expect with Rooney being as jumpy and lively as ever and Stone coming through with that stern but fair approach. Reed makes quite an impression in her early appearance.


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