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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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Taglines:

The New Hardy Picture Is Here!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 2 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Seattle 15 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Chicago 13 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 8 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 5 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Baltimore 27 October 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 1 November 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Philadelphia 26 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in New Haven CT 10 December 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in San Antonio 21 December 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Altoona PA 27 December 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in San Francisco 16 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). It finally found its way to New York City 22 February 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) See more »

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"Lots of domestic strife would never reach the courts if wives were better cooks."
3 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Eighth entry in the Hardy series has the Judge (Lewis Stone) assigning Andy to help locate the daughter of an immigrant couple in danger of losing their home. Meanwhile Andy is having his usual girl and money troubles that will inevitably lead to one of the patented man-to-man talks with his dad. In the middle of all of this, the movie takes a somber turn as Mrs. Hardy comes down with pneumonia and battles for her life.

Not one of the stronger Hardy films but still enjoyable. The mother illness subplot that takes over the middle is out of place with the rest of the movie. It feels very much like they needed something dramatic so they threw that in there. Still, the Hardy series was always top quality so they manage to make it all fit together as best they can. The cast of regulars is terrific, as usual. Always love seeing Ann Rutherford's adorable Polly Benedict. Henry Hull has a bit part as a doctor and Maria Ouspenskaya a small role as part of the immigrant couple that sets the story into motion. But the scene stealer of the movie has to be June Preisser as Euphrasia 'Phrasie Daisy' Clark, her first of two Andy Hardy appearances. I defy anybody to suppress a smile when she says "Phrasie Daisy loves Andy Pandy."


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