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A Family Affair (1937)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 March 1937 (USA)
Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and ... See full summary »

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (play), Kay Van Riper
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Judge James K. Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marion Hardy
Eric Linden ... Wayne Trent III
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Charley Grapewin ... Frank Redmond
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Emily Hardy
Julie Haydon ... Joan Hardy Martin
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly Forrest
Allen Vincent ... William Booth 'Bill' Martin
Margaret Marquis ... Polly Benedict
Selmer Jackson ... Hoyt Wells
Harlan Briggs ... Oscar Stubbins
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Storyline

Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and his son, Andy discovers Polly Benedict. As usual, Judge Hardy is concerned with everyone in the family and lends wisdom and calmness to all. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skidding See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Norfolk VA Monday 6 April 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3); it first aired in Chicago 1 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Tucson 25 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Honolulu 7 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 15 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Philadelphia 18 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 17 March 1958 on WNHC (Channel 8), in San Francisco 23 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Portland OR 17 April 1958 on KGW (Channel 8), in Omaha 13 June 1958 on WOW (Channel 6), in Miami 6 September 1958 on WCKT (Channel 7), and in Salt Lake City 9 November 1958 on KTVT (Channel 4). Its earliest airing in New York City did not take place until 10 March 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2), and there is no reliable documentation that it was ever telecast in Los Angeles at this time, although it should have been in KTTV's MGM film library. See more »

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Followed by The Hardys Ride High (1939) See more »

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Trust In James K. Hardy
18 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

First in the wonderful Andy Hardy series from MGM. For those who don't know, this series was as wholesome and American as apple pie. It draws snickers and insults from the "too cool for school" crowd but don't let that put you off of trying these fine films. They were quality dramas with dashes of comedy and lots of heart. The plot to this one has Judge Hardy (Lionel Barrymore) ticking off some businessmen and local politicians over a land deal. So the big shots, including former friends of the judge, band together to try to stop his re-election. There's also a subplot involving the judge's eldest daughter's troubled marriage that intersects with the judge's problems. Meanwhile, son Andy (Mickey Rooney) has the first of many girl problems in this series.

This is the only entry to feature sister Joan. Not sure why she was dropped but the series isn't hurt by it. The roles of Judge Hardy and his wife would be recast in the next film with Lewis Stone and Fay Holden, who would play the roles for the remainder of the series. Once you see them in the parts it will be hard to imagine that anybody else could do the roles justice. Also Mickey Rooney's Andy would become the star of the later films, whereas in the early films (such as this) Judge Hardy is clearly the star. It's a fantastic series that gets its start here in this somewhat atypical but still high quality movie.


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