Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)

93 mins | Comedy-drama | February 1947

Director:

Willis Goldbeck

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Robert Planck

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Harry McAfee

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Uncle Andy Hardy . An Apr 1944 HR news item indicates that June Allyson was originally set for the part played by Bonita Granville, and that the picture was to be Rooney's last film before his induction into the service. The film, however, did not go into production until after Rooney completed his military service. According to HR , filming was suspended briefly in early Jun 1946 pending Sara Haden's recovery from an operation. According to HR news items, Booth Tarkington was supposed to write the next film in The Hardy Family series, to be entitled The Hardy Family's Country Cousin , but that film was never made. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy was the last of The Hardy Family series, although a final film featuring many of the characters was released by M-G-M in 1958 under the title Andy Hardy Comes Home . That film, which was directed by Howard Koch, featured Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Sara Padden and Cecilia Parker reviving their roles in the series and included Rooney's son Teddy, who played "Andy's" son. Lewis Stone, who portrayed "Judge Hardy," had died in 1953 and his character was not included. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-30 ... More Less

The working title of this film was Uncle Andy Hardy . An Apr 1944 HR news item indicates that June Allyson was originally set for the part played by Bonita Granville, and that the picture was to be Rooney's last film before his induction into the service. The film, however, did not go into production until after Rooney completed his military service. According to HR , filming was suspended briefly in early Jun 1946 pending Sara Haden's recovery from an operation. According to HR news items, Booth Tarkington was supposed to write the next film in The Hardy Family series, to be entitled The Hardy Family's Country Cousin , but that film was never made. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy was the last of The Hardy Family series, although a final film featuring many of the characters was released by M-G-M in 1958 under the title Andy Hardy Comes Home . That film, which was directed by Howard Koch, featured Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Sara Padden and Cecilia Parker reviving their roles in the series and included Rooney's son Teddy, who played "Andy's" son. Lewis Stone, who portrayed "Judge Hardy," had died in 1953 and his character was not included. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-30 F3.1269. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Dec 1946.
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Daily Variety
3 Dec 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Dec 46
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 46
p. 38.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Aug 46
p. 3127.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Dec 46
p. 3345.
New York Times
8 Jan 47
p. 28.
Variety
4 Dec 46
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Orch arr
Adpt [mus]
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
STAND INS
Double for Sara Haden
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
SONGS
"Hail to Wainwright," music and lyrics by Earl K. Brent and David Snell
"Ay, Ay, Ay, I Like You Very Much," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Uncle Andy Hardy
Release Date:
February 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 January 1947
Production Date:
late April--mid June 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 November 1946
Copyright Number:
LP682
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93
Length(in feet):
8,372
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11830
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the small town of Carvel, Judge Hardy and his wife Emily are eagerly anticipating the return of their son Andy, who has just received an honorable discharge from the Army after serving for two years. Soon after Andy returns home, Emily sees him looking at store window displays of wedding rings and baby clothing, and concludes that her son must be in love. Emily's suspicions are soon confirmed when the girl-crazy Andy barely notices Isobel Gonzales, an attractive young woman to whom he is introduced. Isobel, who is singing at the town's country club show, falls instantly in love with Andy, but her infatuation is not returned. Andy is preoccupied with thoughts of his college sweetheart, Kay Wilson, and looks forward to returning to Wainwright College as soon as possible to resume his romance. While attending the country club show with his parents, Andy panics when he learns that a telegram from Kay is about to be delivered to his house. Determined to keep the telegram and his romance a secret from his parents, Andy makes up an excuse to leave the show with help from a friend, who agrees to circulate a false story about a gushing water faucet at his home. Andy returns home in time to intercept the telegram, but a series of embarrassing mishaps ensue when Andy realizes that the police have turned off the water meter to the house. No sooner does Andy step outdoors in his bathrobe to switch the water back on than the front door shuts and locks behind him, leaving him stranded in the garden. Andy remains outside until moments after his parents return home and a ... +


In the small town of Carvel, Judge Hardy and his wife Emily are eagerly anticipating the return of their son Andy, who has just received an honorable discharge from the Army after serving for two years. Soon after Andy returns home, Emily sees him looking at store window displays of wedding rings and baby clothing, and concludes that her son must be in love. Emily's suspicions are soon confirmed when the girl-crazy Andy barely notices Isobel Gonzales, an attractive young woman to whom he is introduced. Isobel, who is singing at the town's country club show, falls instantly in love with Andy, but her infatuation is not returned. Andy is preoccupied with thoughts of his college sweetheart, Kay Wilson, and looks forward to returning to Wainwright College as soon as possible to resume his romance. While attending the country club show with his parents, Andy panics when he learns that a telegram from Kay is about to be delivered to his house. Determined to keep the telegram and his romance a secret from his parents, Andy makes up an excuse to leave the show with help from a friend, who agrees to circulate a false story about a gushing water faucet at his home. Andy returns home in time to intercept the telegram, but a series of embarrassing mishaps ensue when Andy realizes that the police have turned off the water meter to the house. No sooner does Andy step outdoors in his bathrobe to switch the water back on than the front door shuts and locks behind him, leaving him stranded in the garden. Andy remains outside until moments after his parents return home and a passing police officer finds him lurking in the bushes. Though Andy tells the police officer that he lives there, the officer insists on taking him inside to confirm his story. Fearing that her son's erratic behavior is a sign that he has become blinded by love, Emily asks her husband to have a talk with Andy about the dangers of "designing women." When Andy confesses that he plans to ask his school sweetheart to marry him, his father and mother decide to follow him to Wainwright to keep him out of trouble. Soon after Andy returns to Wainwright, Duke Johnson, the president of the student council, asks him to be chairman of the freshman dance. Andy accepts the invitation, but is later disappointed when Kay tells him that she cannot be his date and that a family emergency requires that she must return home to be with Dane Kittridge, her legal guardian. When Duke learns that Andy is in need of a date, he sets him up with Coffy Smith, who is a great deal taller than Andy. Andy is initially embarrassed by the height difference, but he and Coffy soon become good friends. When Kay returns to Wainwright, she tells Andy that she has fallen in love with Dane and that she plans to marry him the following day. The news breaks Andy's heart, but he nevertheless agrees to be Kay's best man. After the wedding, Andy leaves Wainwright and returns home, where he plans a trip to South America to forget his sorrows. Judge Hardy, however, manages to persuade Andy to change his plans and return to Wainwright to complete his studies. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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