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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 »

Director:

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

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: Going without a car is like going without knives and forks. It's like eating raw meat with your fingers!
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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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"You'll find out that five dollars worth of last year's troubles are never as serious as ten cents worth of today's."
19 May 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

It's time for Andy Hardy to graduate high school in this tenth entry in the wonderful MGM Hardy family series. In this one, big-headed Andy (Mickey Rooney) is so busy planning the graduation festivities that he neglects his studies and fails a big test, putting him in danger of not graduating. Enter his new friends Kathryn and Harry Land (Kathryn Grayson, Todd Karns) and good ol' Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford) to help him pass the big test to graduate. In addition to this drama, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) try to help out Kathryn's dad (Ian Hunter), an international travel agent struggling to find work in small town Carvel. But Andy causes problems here, too.

Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone are both in top form, as is the ever-adorable Ann Rutherford. For many fans of the Hardy series, this is one of the least liked entries. It's a long one (101 minutes) that juggles several different elements when it probably should have stuck to just a couple. It was also meant as a showcase for cute Kathryn Grayson, who makes her film debut here. There's the expected opera singing from her, if that floats your boat. She's the secretary of the film's title, by the way. Ian Hunter and Todd Karns both do great work as her father and brother. The problem is there's just a little too much focus on these guest stars. Fay Holden (Mrs. Hardy) gets only a few scenes and Cecilia Parker (sister Marian) is totally absent. Sara Haden's Aunt Milly does get a little more to do than usual, however, as she figures into the plot about Andy's flunking in a slightly contrived way. Still, despite some flaws, I happen to enjoy this one. The scene where Judge Hardy is driving Andy's jalopy is a hoot. I won't spoil it for you but it's one of my favorite scenes from any of the Hardy films. Another memorable scene has Andy dressed up as a Greek god in the graduation play he was putting on.


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