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 »
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 »
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 »
Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
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 »
The scene at the beginning of the movie shows Andy reminiscing about giving Betsy Booth his music pin. This is actually a scene from the movie Babes in Arms. Mickey Rooney needed to dub Betsy's name and it's obvious his lips don't match what he says. See more »
Near the end of the movie, when the family gathers outside to meet the townspeople, Chuck comes out of the front door twice. See more »
The town of Carvel is happy when lawyer Mickey Rooney (as Andrew "Andy" Hardy) comes home from Santa Monica, California. Andy is in town to secure land for an aircraft factory. All goes well until the greedy landowner ups his price. Andy's old friend Joey Forman (as Baker "Beez" Anderson) helps out, but the town is divided over the prospect of a factory being built in Carvel. It's good to see series semi-regular George P. Breakston's "Beezy" character receive a big part of the story, but the actor doesn't appear in the role. However, Mr. Forman fills his shoes well. Hardy family members returning are mother Fay Holden (as Emily), big sister Cecilia Parker (as Marian) and aunt Sara Haden (as Mildred "Milly" Forrest)...
It's nice to see "Judge Hardy's Family" more than ten years after they last appeared in "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy" (1946). Judge Hardy, the family patriarch previously played by Lewis Stone, appears only in a portrait. The actor passed away in 1953 and it was wise of MGM not to re-cast the role. This was clearly an attempt to re-start the Hardy family series, with Mr. Rooney assuming his father's job...
Joining the Hardy family are pretty Patricia Breslin (as Jane, his wife), real-life preteen son Teddy Rooney (as Andy Jr.) and cute preteen daughter Gina Gillespie (as Cricket). Tall and handsome Johnny Weissmuller Jr. plays Andy's typically teenage nephew (he's Marian's son, not Jane's). This was the first screen appearance for young Weissmuller, who was obviously the son of the "Tarzan" and "Jungle Jim" actor. Showing good judgment, MGM did not continue the Hardy movie series, which seemed better suited for 1950s television, anyway. Perhaps appropriately, the characters next appeared in an early 1960s TV series pilot, with Jimmy Hawkins as young Andy. Alas, the situation comedy stalled and the Hardys were history.
**** Andy Hardy Comes Home (12/22/58) Howard W. Koch ~ Mickey Rooney, Joey Forman, Patricia Breslin, Vaughn Taylor
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