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Out West with the Hardys (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 November 1938 (USA)
Judge Hardy goes to his friend's Arizona ranch to help her in a legal dispute, and he takes his family with him.

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George B. Seitz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Lewis Stone ... Judge James 'Jim' K. Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Emily Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly Forrest
Don Castle ... Dennis Hunt
Virginia Weidler ... 'Jake' Holt
Gordon Jones ... Ray Holt
Ralph Morgan ... Bill Northcote
Nana Bryant ... Dora Northcote
Tom Neal ... Aldrich Brown
John Hubbard ... Cliff Thomas (as Anthony Allan)
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Storyline

When Judge James K. Hardy gets a letter from an old friend, Dora Northcote, explaining she and her husband Bill may lose their ranch because an adjacent rancher won't renew their water lease contract, he takes his family with him to alleviate their frustrations at home. His wife Emily is upset with spring cleaning, Andy has quarreled with his girlfriend, Polly Benedict, while Marian similarly quarreled with her boyfriend, Dennis Hunt. But at the ranch, new problems arise. Judge Hardy invests heavily in some adjacent property to help the Northcotes and may lose it all, Marian falls in love with the older foreman, Ray Holt, even though she's not ready for marriage, and Andy's showing off causes a prize horse of Ray's 8-year-old daughter, 'Jake', to break a leg. Things look bleak for the Hardys, but not for long. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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It's that grand Hardy Family again...and you'll howl and thrill to their new adventures...in the great open spaces!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Hardy na Divjem zapadu See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Tom Neal. See more »

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Followed by Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) See more »

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Film is OK, Rooney is insufferable
29 December 2008 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

The Hardys go west in this routine--actually, a little less than routine--outing in the "Hardy Family" series. This entry seemed to have lost the fabled MGM "gloss" and looked more like something from Monogram, with its preponderance of glaringly obvious rear projection and use of stock footage. Beefy Gordon Jones, best remembered as Mike the Cop in the "Abbott & Costello" '50s TV series, played in several westerns and always looked out of place, as he does here, especially as the love interest for Andy's sister. Lewis Stone does his usual good job as the stern but caring Judge Hardy, and Virginia Weidler as an eight-year-old "cowgirl", is--as has been previously mentioned--excellent, coming across as cute but not cloying. Although I've only seen a few Hardy films and am aware of Mickey Rooney's tendency to overact outrageously, it's a wonder he didn't permanently stretch his face out of shape with his out-of-control mugging or break some bones with the wild pratfalls he took. This is probably the most irritating ham-acting job I've ever seen him do, and that's saying something.

If this is a typical example of the Andy Hardy films, then I'm glad I've only seen a few and have no plans to see any more.


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