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The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy | March 1942 (USA)
While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.


George B. Seitz


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




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
Donna Reed ... Melodie Nesbit
William Lundigan ... Jeff Willis
Steve Cornell Steve Cornell ... Stewart Dwight
Frieda Inescort ... Olivia Nesbit
Harvey Stephens ... Roderick O. Nesbit
Betty Wells ... Susie
Joseph Crehan ... Peter Dugan
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' (as George Breakston)
Todd Karns ... Harry Land


While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

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This film's initial telecast took place in Honolulu Saturday 20 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), it first aired in Chicago 17 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 5 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Los Angeles 10 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Baltimore 17 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 24 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 1 December 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Phoenix 7 December 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Binghamton NY 5 January 1958 on WNBF (Channel 12), and in both Albany NY and San Francisco 2 February 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10) and on KGO (Channel 7). Although it would have been in the library of MGM films under the control of WCBS (Channel 2), there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in New York City at this time. See more »


Aunt Milly: Somebody once said of a lady's evening gown that it should expose the lady, but not the person.
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Referenced in Lizzie McGuire: The Courtship of Miranda Sanchez (2001) See more »

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The Judge Fixes Andy Up
5 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In The Courtship Of Andy Hardy, Lewis Stone gets Andy to actually help him out with one of his troubling domestic cases. In small town Carvel where everybody knows everybody and everybody's business, I guess this extralegal activity is expected especially from one who takes his obligations of office seriously as Judge Hardy did.

The ongoing battles between divorced parents Harvey Stephens and Frieda Inescourt are having deleterious effect on their daughter Donna Reed. Donna plays a plain Jane sort who doesn't socialize much. As Stone knows the parents he fixes Andy up with Reed. He can do so because Andy's steady girl Ann Rutherford is out of town. That's a running Hardy series gimmick, Polly Benedict goes out of town and Andy gets to play around.

Not all the family problems are with Andy in this film. Cecelia Parker as sister Marian has herself involved with William Lundigan, a decent enough fellow, but with a severe drinking problem. Again the personal and professional roles of Judge Hardy get kind of mixed in this situation as well.

The Courtship Of Andy Hardy is not a bad example of what this series was all about. But were families ever as wholesome as the Hardys?

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March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Idílio 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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