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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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Complete credited cast:
... Andy Hardy
... Judge James 'Jim' K. Hardy
... Mrs. Emily Hardy
... Marian Hardy
... Polly Benedict
... Aunt Milly Forrest
... Dennis Hunt
... 'Jake' Holt
... Ray Holt
... Bill Northcote
... Dora Northcote
... Aldrich Brown
... Cliff Thomas (as Anthony Allan)
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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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25 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Andy Hardy na Divjem zapadu  »

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This film's first documented telecast took place in Seattle Saturday 25 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Chicago 6 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 11 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in both New Haven CT and Memphis 19 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8) and on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 13 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Lubbock TX 15 September 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), in Honolulu 28 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Phoenix 27 October 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Kansas City MO 12 November 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5), in San Antonio 22 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), and in San Francisco 6 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it was finally offered 3 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Film is OK, Rooney is insufferable
29 December 2008 | by See 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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