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Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Romance | December 1942 (USA)
College-bound Andy (Mickey Rooney) blurts marriage proposals to his sweetheart Polly (Ann Rutherford) and her pert swimmer friend Sheila (Esther Williams). (Source: Turner Classic Movies + DirecTV guide)


George B. Seitz


Agnes Christine Johnston (screenplay), Aurania Rouverol (based upon the characters created by)

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Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly
Esther Williams ... Sheila Brooks
William Lundigan ... Jeff Willis
Robert Pittard ... 'Botsy'
Robert Blake ... 'Tooky' (as Bobby Blake)
Susan Peters ... Sue


College-bound Andy (Mickey Rooney) blurts marriage proposals to his sweetheart Polly (Ann Rutherford) and her pert swimmer friend Sheila (Esther Williams). (Source: Turner Classic Movies + DirecTV guide)

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Meet Esther Williams, Andy's New Ball O'Fire! See more »


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Release Date:

December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Hardy Steps Out See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final appearance of Ann Rutherford in the Hardy series. She played Polly Benedict in 13 of the Hardy movies. See more »


When Andy and Sheila are talking at the pool about the 'giraffe party', right after she says' 'sorry, no soap', there is a cut on Andy's lower lip that wasn't there in the previous shot. See more »


Marian Hardy: Did you ever speak ten words to a cute number without hinting that she was the most beautiful girl in the world?
Andy Hardy: Marian, I always start off conservative like that and then I work up. That system's been the secret of my success.
Marian Hardy: Keep on using that system and you'll find yourself where a lot of fellas do.
Andy Hardy: Where's that?
Marian Hardy: Engaged to marry a girl without even having to mention the subject.
Andy Hardy: Oh my gosh! Don't women ever know when you're kiddin'?
Marian Hardy: Not when they're told they're beautiful by anything ...
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Followed by Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) See more »

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Another Andy Hardy Story, But With A Significant Debut
19 June 2016 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

The thirteenth in the series of Andy Hardy films, "Andy Hardy's Double Life" follows the formula faithfully, with Andy (Mickey Rooney) trying to juggle the attentions of two women while dealing with other issues, like jalopies and finances.

Meanwhile, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) has a perplexing court case on his mind. Andy lends a hand.

But the real meat of this episode (and the reliable tearjerker) is the drama surrounding Andy's upcoming departure for college. This milepost is the beginning of Andy's manhood and Andy has to have a (real) man-to-man talk with Dad, effectively telling the Judge that the first four letters in father are also the first four letters in fathead.

The real reason for seeing this Andy Hardy installment is the film debut of Esther Williams, whose on-screen charms are immediately apparent. In short order she will have her own series of aqua-musicals to dominate the box office.

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