Poor Andy, all he wants to do is get to town and continue to woo his girl and ask her hand in marriage. Andrew "Andy" Hardy met his sweetheart Kay Wilson in college, but has since served in the military and is now being discharged. Getting back to Kay may be the hardest thing of them all to accomplish. He arrives in town alright, but things start to go awry from there. Question is, will he succeed? Written by
After serving two years in World War II, marriage-minded Mickey Rooney (as Andrew "Andy" Hardy) is back in Carvel, Idaho. He is welcomed by wise father Lewis Stone (as James Hardy) and concerned mother Fay Holden (as Emily); aunt Sara Haden (as Milly Forrest) appears briefly. Later, you can be sure Mr. Stone will have a helpful heart-to-heart talk with Rooney. From home, Mr. Rooney goes to finish his freshman year at Wainright College, and culminate his romance with pretty sweetheart Bonita Granville (as Kay Wilson). She hears wedding bells, but they aren't music to Rooney's ears...
"Everybody worries about my future, but nobody worries about my now," is an apt reflection by Rooney's "Andy Hardy". His famous character seemed dated when this was released, and it was the penultimate episode in MGM's "The Hardy Family" series. "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy" has the level of maturity evident in these movies; but, apparently, viewers expected progress. In hindsight, the film delivers the usual good will, with a little of the usual fun. Rooney's dating Dorothy Ford (as Coffy Smith) is an obvious stand-out. A 1958 update, with Rooney assuming the fatherly role, failed to revive the series.
***** Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (12/25/46) Willis Goldbeck ~ Mickey Rooney, Bonita Granville, Lewis Stone, Dorothy Ford
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