Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)

100 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 August 1941

Director:

George B. Seitz

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Elmo Veron

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Andy Hardy Goes to College . It was originally planned as an early 1941 release, but a HR news item in Dec 1940 noted that M-G-M decided to put the story on hold and film Andy Hardy's Private Secretary first. The action of that film ends on the same night that the story of Life Begins for Andy Hardy's opens. The opening title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's Family in..." and superimposes the words over a picture of the four actors who portrayed the Hardy family members. Cecilia Parker, who portrayed "Marian" in the series, was not in the film, however. In the story, her character is said to be "away." In the opening credits, the cast list ends with "And Judy Garland;" however, the end credits list her third, after Lewis Stone and Mickey Rooney. This was the third and last Hardy Family picture in which Garland, who portrayed "Betsy Booth," appeared. The CBCS lists Ralph Byrd, Manart Kippen, Robert Winkler and William Forrest in the cast, but they were not in the released film. Actor Purnell Pratt, who portrayed "Dr. Storfen" in the film, died in late Jul 1941. It is unclear whether Life Begins for Andy Hardy or Ringside Maisie (see below), which were shot simultaneously, was his last film. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Andy Hardy Goes to College . It was originally planned as an early 1941 release, but a HR news item in Dec 1940 noted that M-G-M decided to put the story on hold and film Andy Hardy's Private Secretary first. The action of that film ends on the same night that the story of Life Begins for Andy Hardy's opens. The opening title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's Family in..." and superimposes the words over a picture of the four actors who portrayed the Hardy family members. Cecilia Parker, who portrayed "Marian" in the series, was not in the film, however. In the story, her character is said to be "away." In the opening credits, the cast list ends with "And Judy Garland;" however, the end credits list her third, after Lewis Stone and Mickey Rooney. This was the third and last Hardy Family picture in which Garland, who portrayed "Betsy Booth," appeared. The CBCS lists Ralph Byrd, Manart Kippen, Robert Winkler and William Forrest in the cast, but they were not in the released film. Actor Purnell Pratt, who portrayed "Dr. Storfen" in the film, died in late Jul 1941. It is unclear whether Life Begins for Andy Hardy or Ringside Maisie (see below), which were shot simultaneously, was his last film. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1269. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Sep 41
p. 453.
Box Office
16 Aug 1941.
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Daily Variety
7 Aug 1941.
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Film Daily
13 Aug 41
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 41
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Aug 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Jul 41
p. 193.
New York Times
22 Aug 41
p. 19.
Variety
30 Jul 1941.
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Variety
13 Aug 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Andy Hardy Goes to College
Release Date:
15 August 1941
Production Date:
early May--27 June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 August 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10803
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in feet):
9,129
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
7467
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On graduation night in Carvel, Judge James K. Hardy receives a telephone call from New York City. Betsy Booth, the wealthy teenaged granddaughter of his neighbor, is curious about the judge's son Andy because she is coming to Carvel and hopes to have a "grown-up" romance with the newly graduated Andy. The next morning, Andy meets Dr. Waggoner, the president of Wainwright, the judge's alma mater, and worries about the seven years of college it will take to become a lawyer. After Andy says goodbye to his high school sweetheart, Polly Benedict, he ponders the future and convinces his parents to allow him to go to New York for the summer to see if he prefers work to college. After driving to the city with Betsy, Andy registers at a single men's hotel and learns about an office boy job at a stocks and bond firm from Jimmy Frobisher, an aspiring dancer who is vacating Andy's room. When applying for the job, Andy meets attractive Jennitt Hicks, a gold digger who gets Andy to buy her perfume and pay her cab fare home. Two weeks later, Andy is still unemployed, but writes his parents that he is working and convinces Jennitt to back him up if anyone calls. One night, Betsy finds Andy in the park, broke, hungry and disheveled, but he refuses her offers of help. After she leaves, Andy runs into Jimmy, who has been reduced to sleeping in the park. Andy sneaks Jimmy into his room, and, after paying the rent, is left with only twenty-five cents. Meanwhile, the kindhearted Betsy calls Judge Hardy to let him know that Andy is broke, ... +


On graduation night in Carvel, Judge James K. Hardy receives a telephone call from New York City. Betsy Booth, the wealthy teenaged granddaughter of his neighbor, is curious about the judge's son Andy because she is coming to Carvel and hopes to have a "grown-up" romance with the newly graduated Andy. The next morning, Andy meets Dr. Waggoner, the president of Wainwright, the judge's alma mater, and worries about the seven years of college it will take to become a lawyer. After Andy says goodbye to his high school sweetheart, Polly Benedict, he ponders the future and convinces his parents to allow him to go to New York for the summer to see if he prefers work to college. After driving to the city with Betsy, Andy registers at a single men's hotel and learns about an office boy job at a stocks and bond firm from Jimmy Frobisher, an aspiring dancer who is vacating Andy's room. When applying for the job, Andy meets attractive Jennitt Hicks, a gold digger who gets Andy to buy her perfume and pay her cab fare home. Two weeks later, Andy is still unemployed, but writes his parents that he is working and convinces Jennitt to back him up if anyone calls. One night, Betsy finds Andy in the park, broke, hungry and disheveled, but he refuses her offers of help. After she leaves, Andy runs into Jimmy, who has been reduced to sleeping in the park. Andy sneaks Jimmy into his room, and, after paying the rent, is left with only twenty-five cents. Meanwhile, the kindhearted Betsy calls Judge Hardy to let him know that Andy is broke, and the judge decides to go to New York. A short time later, Jimmy gets a call about a dancing job, and Jennitt tells Andy that he has just gotten the office boy job. The next day she takes him under her wing and even buys him dinner when he passes out from hunger. Returning home that night, Andy finds Jimmy dead. Although it appears at first to be suicide, a doctor later reveals that Jimmy had a weak heart and died after the exertion of his dance audition. Andy pays for Jimmy's funeral with money borrowed on the car he got for graduation. At the office, Andy's boss, Mr. Maddox, is about to fire him for mixing up some letters, but is so impressed with Andy's honesty that he instead gives him tickets to a charity ball. The judge then arrives from Carvel and, after seeing Jennitt, advises Andy to be faithful to the girl whom he may someday marry. The judge goes to see Betsy and they conclude that Andy's infatuation with Jennitt is keeping him from going to college. Determined to keep Andy from being led astray by a "Wolfess," Betsy finds that Jennitt's fox coat was charged to an attorney named Paul McWilliams. Then, posing as the bearer of a singing telegram, Betsy confronts the lawyer. That night, when Andy takes Jennitt home from the charity ball, McWilliams shows up, angry that Jennitt, to whom he was once married, has charged the coat to his account. After McWilliams leaves with the coat, Andy is disillusioned with Jennitt. The next day, Betsy is met at the Carvel station by the judge, who is immediately summoned by garage owner Peter Dugan. There they find Andy working on his old jalopy. Realizing that he is now almost a man, Andy plans to get his new car paid off by working at the garage until September, then follow in his father's footsteps at Wainwright. +

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