The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

94 mins | Comedy-drama | March 1942

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 opening title card reads: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's family in The Courtship of Andy Hardy ." The words are superimposed over a photograph of Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Cecilia Parker. Parker returned to "The Hardy Family" series after being on maternity leave during production of the previous two films. Her character, "Marian Hardy," was said to be "away in New York" in those films. Although actor Lewis Howard is listed in HR production charts and news items as being cast in the film as Marian's "love interest," he was not in the released film; that role was played by William Lundigan. A HR news item noted that some sets built for the film on M-G-M's backlot had to be moved indoors due to wartime restrictions on exterior night shooting. Ann Rutherford, who portrayed "Andy's" girl friend "Polly Benedict" in most of the films in the series, made her last appearance in the role in this film and only appears in one scene. For additional information on other films in the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The opening title card reads: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's family in The Courtship of Andy Hardy ." The words are superimposed over a photograph of Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Cecilia Parker. Parker returned to "The Hardy Family" series after being on maternity leave during production of the previous two films. Her character, "Marian Hardy," was said to be "away in New York" in those films. Although actor Lewis Howard is listed in HR production charts and news items as being cast in the film as Marian's "love interest," he was not in the released film; that role was played by William Lundigan. A HR news item noted that some sets built for the film on M-G-M's backlot had to be moved indoors due to wartime restrictions on exterior night shooting. Ann Rutherford, who portrayed "Andy's" girl friend "Polly Benedict" in most of the films in the series, made her last appearance in the role in this film and only appears in one scene. For additional information on other films in the series, please 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
Box Office
14 Feb 1942.
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Daily Variety
11 Feb 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Feb 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 41
p. 6, 8
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Feb 42
p. 505.
New York Times
10 Apr 42
p. 21.
Variety
11 Feb 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Hair styles for Miss Reed by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Whistling double for Mickey Rooney
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1942
Production Date:
3 December--24 December 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 February 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11441
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,541
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
8042
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When Carvel teenager and new tow truck-owner Andy Hardy is stopped by a policeman for driving without a license plate, a radio report implicates him in stealing the car he is towing. At home, Andy finds it hard to be cheerful, even though his mother Emily, his father, Judge James K. Hardy, and his aunt Milly are celebrating his sister Marian's return from New York. Marian thinks that Carvel is too unsophisticated for her and is annoyed by her family's worries that she is dating Jeff Willis, a local young man who is considered a "wolf." As the judge sits in his study, Andy comes in and tells him about the misunderstanding that led to the auto theft problem. The judge promises to sort things out if Andy will help him by befriending Melodie Nesbit, a teenager at the center of a custody battle between her mother Olivia and her father Roderick. Although Melodie is not as pretty or outgoing as Andy's other girl friends, he agrees to help by asking her to a dance. Just then, Jeff arrives, announcing his presence on a loud speaker set up in his car, and broadcasts his invitation to Marian to come with him to the Red Door Inn on the 19th. Andy tells her about the notorious inn and warns her not to get involved in a scandal. On the night of the dance, Melodie is happy to be there, even though she knows that Andy has asked her out only because of his father. Andy has to bribe his friends to dance with her, but one boy, Harry Land, refuses the money because he has a ... +


When Carvel teenager and new tow truck-owner Andy Hardy is stopped by a policeman for driving without a license plate, a radio report implicates him in stealing the car he is towing. At home, Andy finds it hard to be cheerful, even though his mother Emily, his father, Judge James K. Hardy, and his aunt Milly are celebrating his sister Marian's return from New York. Marian thinks that Carvel is too unsophisticated for her and is annoyed by her family's worries that she is dating Jeff Willis, a local young man who is considered a "wolf." As the judge sits in his study, Andy comes in and tells him about the misunderstanding that led to the auto theft problem. The judge promises to sort things out if Andy will help him by befriending Melodie Nesbit, a teenager at the center of a custody battle between her mother Olivia and her father Roderick. Although Melodie is not as pretty or outgoing as Andy's other girl friends, he agrees to help by asking her to a dance. Just then, Jeff arrives, announcing his presence on a loud speaker set up in his car, and broadcasts his invitation to Marian to come with him to the Red Door Inn on the 19th. Andy tells her about the notorious inn and warns her not to get involved in a scandal. On the night of the dance, Melodie is happy to be there, even though she knows that Andy has asked her out only because of his father. Andy has to bribe his friends to dance with her, but one boy, Harry Land, refuses the money because he has a secret crush on Melodie. After the dance, Melodie, who has a crush on Andy, asks his advice on how to appeal to boys. That same night, Emily secretly orders a forty dollar cut-away coat for her husband out of her household account. A few days later, Andy's friend Susie comes to distribute posters for a "spinster skip" dance, to which the girls are to invite the boys. Andy offers to drive Susie around town and is seen by Melodie, who immediately goes to the judge and asks him to say that he accepted her invitation for Andy to come to the dance. At the same time, the postman arrives with Emily's COD coat and informs her that the amount due is $61.40. Emily is upset because the ad said nothing about extra charges and refuses to accept the package. On the night of Marian's date with Jeff, she becomes annoyed when her family makes fun of her choice of a dress, which is really a fancy nightgown, and promises that she "will show them." That night, a man from a collection agency comes to the house and demands that Emily pay the full amount of the coat or be taken to court and have her husband's salary attached. Later, at the dance, Melodie impresses everyone with her new clothes and hairstyle and now the boys are willing to pay Andy. Despite Melodie's charm, Andy later admits to her that he does not return her affection. When she quietly goes into her house, she overhears her parents having a vicious argument. Back at home, Andy feels terrible that he made Melodie cry, but is happy to hear that Polly Benedict, his old girl friend, is coming home. Melodie then comes to the judge and says that she never wants to see either of her parents again and the judge lets her spend the night with his family. Some time later, Andy, who volunteered to search for the long-overdue Marian, brings her home, towing Jeff's car, in which a drunken Jeff had a minor crash. After they bring the passed-out Jeff into the house, the judge explains to Andy how low man falls when he allows himself to reach this state. The next day, a sober Jeff comes to the door to apologize and say that he did hear the judge's words the previous night and has learned his lesson. That afternoon, the judge meets with Melodie's parents, and after lecturing them about their behavior, asks Melodie in and convinces Olivia and Roderick to retract the horrible things they have said about each other and try to get along. After the family leaves, a tearful Emily comes to her husband, remorseful over what has happened about the cut-away coat. The judge alleviates her fears by letting her know that he inadvertently found out about the agency and discovered that the entire mail order business was run by confidence men who tricked unsuspecting customers into paying more than the advertised price for the suit. That afternoon, Andy takes Harry to see Melodie, who has gotten over her crush on Andy and is more than willing to date the smitten Harry. She also convinces Andy to ask Polly to the football dance. As Andy leaves Melodie's house, Polly drives by with her cousin, who coincidentally is the man who mistakenly thought that Andy stole his car. With everything now fine, Andy drives home and tells his father, "woman are habit forming." +

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