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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.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (characters), Carey Wilson
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 New Hardy Picture Is Here!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

André Hardy détective See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$251,300, 3 January 1940
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The eighth of sixteen Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney. See more »

Quotes

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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Followed by Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) See more »

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One of the best films in the Andy Hardy series and still fun to watch.
28 February 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This film uncharacteristically introduces a lot of pathos in the plot when Mickey Rooney's mother, Fay Holden, gets pneumonia halfway through the film. It makes Mickey realize that his problems pale in significance to a real problem of life and death; it brings the family closer together and makes Mickey grow up a little. There's a touching scene with his sister, Cecilia Parker, where they admit to one another they really like each other despite their constant fighting. I loved that scene, which made the film so different from most of the others. It did not, however, detract from the good comedy throughout, with Mickey getting into hot water through his actions, going deeply into debt thinking he'll win a prize, inviting two girls to the Fourth-of-July fireworks celebration and constantly battling with his car to keep it running. Lewis Stone also shines as his father, looking for the daughter of an elderly Italian immigrant couple to keep them from losing their home, and getting Mickey to help find her. If you see only one film from this very popular series, this one would be a good choice. It's also a good chance to see Mickey in the first scene he played with his real-life father, Joe Yule, who plays Munk, the tire man.


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