Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

88 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 December 1939

Director:

George B. Seitz

Producer:

Lou Ostrow

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The CBCS incorrectly credits Brandon Tynan with the role of Dr. Jones; that role was actually played by Henry Hull. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The CBCS incorrectly credits Brandon Tynan with the role of Dr. Jones; that role was actually played by Henry Hull. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1269. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Dec 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Dec 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
19 Dec 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Nov 39
p. 41.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Dec 39
p. 25.
New York Times
8 Jan 40
p. 27.
Variety
13 Dec 39
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst cutter
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Wardrobe woman
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Head grip
Props
Gaffer
Stage mgr
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 December 1939
Production Date:
began mid September 1939
retakes October 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9304
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5802
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Touched by the plight of the Volduzzis, an elderly destitute couple who are in danger of losing their house, Judge James Hardy agrees to look into their case. Sensing that the Volduzzis might have a daughter who could provide them financial support, the judge enlists Andy's help in locating her. Andy, who is desperately in need of money to fix his jalopy in time to take Polly Benedict to the Fourth of July fireworks, eagerly accepts his father's offer of a reward and begins to interview the girls in his school with the middle initial V. His search leads him to the Horton estate, where he meets daughter Elvie, who is writing an essay on Alexander Hamilton for a Fourth of July competition. After learning about the competition's fifty dollar prize, Andy decides to enter the contest himself, and begins to charge flowers, clothes and tires against his anticipated winnings. When he then discovers that the cash prize is only offered to girls, Andy convinces Euphrasia Clark to enter his essay in her name. Andy's plan backfires, however, when Euphrasia threatens to use his proposal to blackmail him into taking her to the fireworks show. Andy's girl and money problems pale when his mother becomes seriously ill with pneumonia. The family is brought closer together while they await the doctor's prognosis, and after a harrowing night, Mrs. Hardy recovers. Relieved, Andy pays another visit to Elvie, who confesses that she hates her mother and wants to win the essay contest for her own self-respect. When Andy offers her the best part of his essay, Elvie tells him that her mother's maiden ... +


Touched by the plight of the Volduzzis, an elderly destitute couple who are in danger of losing their house, Judge James Hardy agrees to look into their case. Sensing that the Volduzzis might have a daughter who could provide them financial support, the judge enlists Andy's help in locating her. Andy, who is desperately in need of money to fix his jalopy in time to take Polly Benedict to the Fourth of July fireworks, eagerly accepts his father's offer of a reward and begins to interview the girls in his school with the middle initial V. His search leads him to the Horton estate, where he meets daughter Elvie, who is writing an essay on Alexander Hamilton for a Fourth of July competition. After learning about the competition's fifty dollar prize, Andy decides to enter the contest himself, and begins to charge flowers, clothes and tires against his anticipated winnings. When he then discovers that the cash prize is only offered to girls, Andy convinces Euphrasia Clark to enter his essay in her name. Andy's plan backfires, however, when Euphrasia threatens to use his proposal to blackmail him into taking her to the fireworks show. Andy's girl and money problems pale when his mother becomes seriously ill with pneumonia. The family is brought closer together while they await the doctor's prognosis, and after a harrowing night, Mrs. Hardy recovers. Relieved, Andy pays another visit to Elvie, who confesses that she hates her mother and wants to win the essay contest for her own self-respect. When Andy offers her the best part of his essay, Elvie tells him that her mother's maiden name was Volduzzi. Armed with this piece of information, Judge Hardy pays Mrs. Horton a visit and learns that the frightened woman is ashamed of what her new husband will think of her immigrant parents. The judge counsels Mrs. Horton to confess all to her husband and reconcile with her parents, and she agrees to do so. All ends happily as the judge offers to help Andy with his debts, and a grateful Elvie lends Andy her limousine to take Polly to the fireworks show. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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