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Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 21 February 1941 (USA)
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 »


George B. Seitz


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




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


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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This film's first telecast took place in Los Angeles Thursday 4 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Memphis 31 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Honolulu 13 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 3 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 10 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Portland OR 22 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Hartford CT 12 September 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Phoenix 28 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Altoona PA 19 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Binghamton NY 31 October 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Baltimore 3 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 24 November 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in New Haven CT 21 January 1958 on WNHC (Channel 8), and in in San Francisco 20 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); Andy and his Secretary finally made it to New York City 31 August 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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 »


Andy Hardy: You know, you're kind of a new kind of girl to me.
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Follows You're Only Young Once (1937) See more »


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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Andy Hardy's Private Secretary has one of the title characters graduating from high school though not without complications
18 June 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Before I review the movie proper, since It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie, I had to mention a player from there making his film debut in this one: Todd Karns who plays a Land family member named Harry-the same first name he would eventually have in IAWL when he became a Bailey. He has a sis named Kathryn-the same first name as the lady playing her, Kathryn Grayson-also making her debut. Andy tries to help them, as the family is poor, with bettering their lives but he makes some mistakes along the way. Oh, and Andy and girlfriend Polly are supposed to graduate in this one though because of what happens to Andy involving his teacher-his own Aunt Milly, that may not happen to him. Let's just say there's some things she won't do and leave it at that. Ms. Grayson does some nice opera tunes but she's really entertaining when she also does a Cole Porter song! There's more drama than laughs here but there's still plenty to enjoy in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary. P.S. This was the first time in the beginning credits of this series when the names of the actors weren't printed in front of their portrait of-from left to right-Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, and Cecilia Parker. That was because Ms. Parker was absent here, for some reason.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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