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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1938 (USA)
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Andy has problems raising the last payment for a used car and juggling three pretty girls with an upcoming country club dance scheduled.


George B. Seitz


William Ludwig (screen play), Vivien R. Bretherton (from the stories by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Judge James Hardy
Mickey Rooney ... Andrew Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Judy Garland ... Betsy
Lana Turner ... Cynthia
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Mary Howard ... Mrs. Tompkins
Gene Reynolds ... Jimmy MacMahon
Don Castle ... Dennis Hunt
Betty Ross Clarke ... Aunt Milly
Marie Blake ... Augusta
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' (as George Breakston)
Raymond Hatton ... Peter Dugan
Frank Darien ... Bill Collector


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 to be the boyfriend of his buddy Beezy's girl Cynthia to discourage other suitors (Beezy is also leaving for the holidays), but Andy soon finds her too infatuated with him. Meanwhile, Andy's next door neighbor Betsy begins to fall in love with Andy even though she's younger than him. Everything comes to a head at the country club party. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The New Story Of Judge Hardy's Family See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


The convertible car Andy drives is a highly customized 1931 Ford Model A Roadster, with a Chevrolet single blade bumper, Chevrolet ventilation panels, and custom wheels. See more »


The call letters the ham radio operator uses is not a U.S. nor Canada license. In 1938, a U.S. call had one letter followed by a number then letters. Such as K2XX*. See more »


Betsy: I sing, you know.
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Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »


Words and Music by Roger Edens
Copyright 1938 by Leo Feist, Inc.
Performed by Judy Garland (uncredited)
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Andy loves them all
15 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

The Andy Hardy series, based on Vivien R. Bretherton's stories, proved to be a favorite of the public at the time they came out. It was a different and innocent America. These were the teen agers of that era, and their world, as Hollywood interpreted it. This picture was directed by George B. Seitz.

Andy loves Polly, but when a friend asks him to take care of the beautiful Cynthia, he complies. Enter the girl-next-door, Betsy, and the problems begin. As usual, the fatherly figure of Judge James K. Hardy, is there to guide his young son into doing the right thing. In fact, Andy and his parents didn't suffer from the generation gap that became prevalent later on; the openness of family relationships of that time is so refreshing and shows how much has been lost. It probably had to do with a loving mother, Emily, who stayed home and supervised her children.

The cast is delightful. Mickey Rooney shows why he was one of the most loved actors of the time. Judy Garland is a sweet Betsy and has an opportunity to sing three songs in the film. Lewis Stone and Fay Holden as the Hardy parents, are good and solid. Cecilia Parker is sister Marian. A young Lana Turner is seen as Cynthia and finally, Ann Rutherford was perfect as Polly.

A delightful comedy that about a more happy era in America.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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