Sixth of the Judge Hardy series. Judge James K. Hardy is brought the fabulous news from attorney George Irving, that he could be the heir to 2 million dollars. In order to claim the ... See full summary »
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 »
Hoping his son will attend his alma mater, Judge Hardy agrees to let Andy look for work in New York for the summer before committing to start college. In the big city, Andy is confronted with the harsh realities of life and love.
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 »
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
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"Oh boy, Dad, now I know how the slaves felt when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation!"
When an old flame asks Judge Hardy for help, he packs up the whole family and heads to Arizona. Once there Marian falls for a cowboy with a daughter, much to the concern of her parents. Surprisingly this entry doesn't have much in the way of Andy's usual girl troubles. There's a tiff with on-again/off-again girlfriend Polly Benedict (the always adorable Ann Rutherford), but that's before they even leave Carvel. Once out west Andy's story centers around a friendship with a young tomboy (Virginia Weidler).
Lewis Stone is very likable in this one, playing up some of the typically stiff Judge Hardy's flaws. There's an amusing subplot about the Judge fearing his saintly wife will find out about some decades-old scandal involving a picnic and his ex. The whole thing is cute and much ado about nothing, of course. Mickey Rooney has one of his more "love him or hate him" turns here. Andy's supposed to learn a lesson in humility. To get him to that point the script basically has him acting like a pompous jerk for an hour. Rooney conquers the material, though, and manages to make Andy likable even when he's not so very. Fay Holden gets a little more to do than usual and owns every scene. She's delightful and impossible to dislike. Cecilia Parker is fine as Marian. I never really care for Marian's stories but this one was better than usual as Marian wasn't too bratty. Sara Haden returns to the series as Aunt Millie after being replaced by Betty Ross Clark for two movies. Virginia Weidler is fun and has a nice rapport with Rooney.
Tom Neal appears in opening scene as a punk who stopped two gunmen and now believes he can do whatever he wants. Judge Hardy reads him the riot act, which is always fun to see. Ralph Morgan has a small role as the husband of the Judge's ex. A decent Hardy movie but not one of my favorites. The plots just aren't that strong, although the performances elevate it. I usually hate it when old series would do their obligatory western episode but this one does better than average with it.
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