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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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It's Andy's last fling before college! He woo-woo's a new blonde ball o'fire! See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance


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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?


This film received its initial telecast in Memphis Saturday 22 June 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in Seattle 20 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Honolulu 27 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 24 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 12 October 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 24 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in San Antonio 1 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Minneapolis 1 December 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Hartford CT 3 December 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Philadelphia 22 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 18 January 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in San Francisco 26 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally made it to New York City 18 June 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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 »


Andy Hardy: How do you have a girl crazy about you but not too crazy?
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Follows The Hardys Ride High (1939) See more »

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Okay...but once again, Andy is a bit of a dope.
29 June 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a fair installment of the Andy Hardy series. While it's very watchable, the story itself isn't especially strong. The bottom line is that Andy's problems (and he ALWAYS has problems) seem easy to solve but he manages to make them seem like Armageddon! The only particularly outstanding thing about the film is that it marks the debut of Esther Williams...and MGM often tried out new female talent in the Hardy films (such as Judy Garland, Ruth Hussey, Marsha Hunt and Lana Turner in some of their earliest films).

When the film begins, Andy is preparing to go off to college. The film EASILY could have simply gone from his high school graduation to him being in college but instead we see Andy struggle...mostly over things that really didn't amount to much. One problem is money some friends owe him (which EASILY could have been resolved), another involves two girls who conspire to make Andy think he's engaged to them and the final involves Judge Hardy's case involving a child (Bobby Blake) who is injured...and Andy steps in to help him with the case. All in all, Andy is a dope (as usual) and the film moderately entertaining.

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