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Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 December 1939 (USA)
Judge Hardy, trying to find a relative of an aged couple to prevent them from losing their home, enlists the aid of his son Andy.


George B. Seitz


Aurania Rouverol (characters), Carey Wilson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Lewis Stone ... Judge James K. Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Emily Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Mildred 'Millie' Forrest
June Preisser ... Euphrasia 'Phrasie Daisy' Clark
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mrs. Judith Volduzzi
Henry Hull ... Dr. Jones
Martha O'Driscoll ... Leonora V. 'Elvie' Horton
Leona Maricle ... Mrs. Maria Horton
Margaret Early ... Clarabelle V. Lee
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' Anderson (as George Breakston)
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Mr. Anton Volduzzi
Edna Holland ... Nurse Trowbridge


Mr. and Mrs. Valduzzi come to see Judge James Hardy for advice on how to prevent the loss of their home. He senses the aged Italian immigrant couple has a grown daughter who is ashamed of her parents and has not kept in contact with them. Failing to locate her himself, he offers money to his teenage son, Andy, if he can locate her. Andy has been having his usual problems with his car and girlfriends and eagerly accepts the challenge, since he needs the money. At the same time he plans on getting some girl to enter a school essay contest and split the $50 winning prize money with her. Since he supposes that a daughter of the daughter might have Valduzzi as a middle name, he sees three high school girls, Euphrasia V. Clark, Clarabelle V. Lee and Elvee Horton, in the hope that one of them may be the right one. Not only do they all reject Andy's unethical proposal about the essay, but Euphrasia blackmails him into taking her to the Fourth-of-July fireworks show, which causes him more ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The dress that Mrs. Horton wears during her meeting with Judge Hardy and L.V's dress at the end of the movie can both be seen, in color, during the fashion show sequence in "The Women", also from 1939. See more »


In the trailer for Judge Hardy and Son, they mistakenly mix up the actor names for the women playing Elvis and Clarabelle. See more »


Andy Hardy: Must be nice and cool over there on your front porch. Maybe you could dig up some of those raisin cookies.
Polly Benedict: Raisin cookies, is your stomach all you men think of?
Andy Hardy: Well my dad said today if a woman couldn't cook her husband had a right to beat her up.
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Louis B Mayer
13 March 2018 | by jamesjvarelaSee all my reviews

Took a special interest in the Hardy Family Series. Someone once said Andy Hardy's boyhood is the one Mayer wanted, Mayer was a Republican and the highest paid man in America when this film came out which is surprising as all the Andy Hardy movies are oozing with New Deal era political correctness. This one is one of the better Andy Hardy films, You can see why they were do popular to Depression era audiences. The films were full of warm humor and philosophies that were PC at the time.

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22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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