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Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) (1939)

| Short | 1939 (USA)
Andy Hardy and the rest of the Hardy family wake up Christmas morning to gifts and give a holiday greeting to viewers.

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Christmas morning in the Hardy family's living room. Andy is the first one down the stairs; he finds a small enthusiastic dog waiting for him under the tree. The rest of the family follows: Emily and her husband the judge, Aunt Milly, and Andy's sister Marian. She finds a tennis racquet and thanks her mother. Judge Hardy sits in his easy chair to open a gift while Andy runs to bring in a fishing rod wrapped up for his dad. As everyone's gathered around the patriarch, he looks toward the camera and wishes happy holidays to the audience - and thanks them for keeping the Hardys going. The rest of the family, including the dog, join in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Merry Christmas from the Hardys
24 December 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Three minute short from MGM that acts as a sort of greeting card to fans of the Andy Hardy series. The story, such as it is, has the Hardy family coming downstairs and opening presents on Christmas morning. They then thank the audience for watching their movies. The short ends with a bizarrely inserted bit of stock footage from a party. The title of the short, Loews Christmas Greeting, refers to the Loews theater chain that once owned MGM, the studio that produced the Hardy series. A Supreme Court ruling later forced Loews and MGM to split, which was pretty much the beginning of the end for MGM as the dominant studio it had been. Also, as the reviewer before me mentioned, it is indeed Sara Haden here as Aunt Millie, not Betty Ross Clarke as IMDb and other sites (currently) list. I'm not sure why there is any confusion with this, since Millie is not just in the background. She's front and center and even gets a line or two.


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