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Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)

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 »

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George B. Seitz

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Jane Murfin (screenplay), Harry Ruskin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly
Ian Hunter ... Steven V. Land
Kathryn Grayson ... Kathryn Land
Gene Reynolds ... Jimmy McMahon
George P. Breakston ... Beezy (as George Breakston)
Todd Karns ... Harry Land
Addison Richards ... Benedict
Margaret Early ... Clarabelle Lee
Bertha Priestley Bertha Priestley ... Susan Wiley
Joseph Crehan ... Peter Dugan
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Barnes
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Storyline

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 English exam. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Secretária de Andy Hardy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Kathryn Grayson. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene where Judge Hardy raises the roof on Andy's convertible and crushes his top hat, there are a couple of goofs. First, the button he pushes to raise the roof is to the right of the driver yet just a few minutes earlier, in an identical car, Andy pushed a button to raise the roof and it was on the left. Second, the top hat Judge Hardy is wearing is shiny and new. But after it's flattened, it's replaced by an old beat-up version that is noticeably different. Obviously rather than damage a good top hat, they simply switched the hats between takes. See more »

Quotes

Andy Hardy: For years I've been hearing about the advantages of being eighteen. Now I might as well be living in the Dark Ages.
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Connections

Follows Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Voices of Spring (Voci di primavera)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played on piano by Todd Karns (uncredited) but supplemented by the studio orchestra
Sung by Kathryn Grayson (uncredited)
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Kathryn Grayson Debuts
16 May 2018 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

In this Andy Hardy installment, Andy is less girl crazy than in others. That is probably due to a shift in focus to Kathryn Grayson, making her noteworthy debut as Andy's classmate. It is understandable that MGM would want their newest surefire star to make a big splash in a vehicle that would guarantee plenty of viewers.

Judge Hardy teaches Andy lessons in charity and citizenship while assisting a family fallen on difficult times. Andy's classmates-Kathryn and Harry Land-are given roles in the high school graduation festivities as part of this project. Naturally, we get to hear Kathryn's amazing singing voice.

Andy, who is wrapped up in every aspect of the ceremonies, spreads himself too thin, but Kathryn becomes his private secretary, helping him with his organization. Still, he manages to bungle important details, causing consternation and some major problems.

Miss Grayson holds her own, acting-wise, with the rest of the cast, and her singing voice is a singular joy that surely must have wowed audiences in 1941. Still, she lacks the effervescence of another singing starlet who graces Andy Hardy films-Judy Garland, who would match Mickey Rooney's energy and hep-cred in various film pairings.


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