Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

91 mins | Comedy-drama | 22 July 1938

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writer:

William Ludwig

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The opening title card shows a group picture of Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Cecilia Parker, with their names superimposed. The next title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents Judge Hardy's Family in," followed by the main title card. Love Finds Andy Hardy placed ninth in FD 's annual poll of the top films of the year. According to HR news items, Mickey Rooney began to receive "Star" billing in subsequent films due to his success in Love Finds Andy Hardy , and he worked on this film simultaneously with Boys Town . It was the fourth in M-G-M's Hardy Family Series and the first in which Judy Garland played the recurring character of Betsy Booth. This was the second of two films in which actress Betty Ross Clarke portrayed "Aunt Milly." The other films in the series featured Sara Haden in the role. For more information on the Hardy Family series see the entry above for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index. ...

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The opening title card shows a group picture of Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden and Cecilia Parker, with their names superimposed. The next title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents Judge Hardy's Family in," followed by the main title card. Love Finds Andy Hardy placed ninth in FD 's annual poll of the top films of the year. According to HR news items, Mickey Rooney began to receive "Star" billing in subsequent films due to his success in Love Finds Andy Hardy , and he worked on this film simultaneously with Boys Town . It was the fourth in M-G-M's Hardy Family Series and the first in which Judy Garland played the recurring character of Betsy Booth. This was the second of two films in which actress Betty Ross Clarke portrayed "Aunt Milly." The other films in the series featured Sara Haden in the role. For more information on the Hardy Family series see the entry above for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jul 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Jul 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 38
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Jul 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Jun 38
p. 48.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jul 38
p. 61.
New York Times
22 Jul 38
p. 10.
Variety
13 Jul 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
Vocal arrangements by
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Make-up artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Press rep
SOURCES
LITERARY
From the stories by Vivien R. Bretherton and based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"Meet the Beat of My Heart" and "It Never Rains but What It Pours," words and music by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
"In-Between," words and music by Roger Edens.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 July 1938
Production Date:
mid May--mid Jun 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Loew's Inc.
13 July 1938
LP8181
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
4428
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Andy Hardy, the teen-aged son of prominent Carvel judge James K. Hardy, thinks that he will be a social outcast if he doesn't have his own car for the Christmas Eve dance, so he takes twelve dollars out of his savings account to make a down payment on an old jalopy. Car dealer Peter Dugan makes Andy sign a promissory note for the remaining eight dollars, which Andy must pay by December 24th. Andy's plans for a great Christmas are dampened when his girl friend, Polly Benedict, has to go away for the holidays, and also when Mrs. Hardy must go to Canada to visit her ailing mother. He temporarily finds hope when his friend Beezy offers to pay him eight dollars to take his own girl, Cynthia Potter, to the dance so no other boy will steal her away, but his plans backfire when Beezy sends a letter saying that he has met a new girl and no longer needs Andy's services. Andy decides to go with her anyway, even though Polly has come back to town, because Cynthia is gorgeous and loves to kiss. Judge Hardy saves Andy from Dugan's legal action when he gives Andy the eight dollars for helping him send a ham radio message to Mrs. Hardy. Everything seems perfect for Andy until Cynthia cancels their date (after twelve-year-old Betsy Booth shows her an old wreck and says that it is his new car) and Polly refuses to have anything to do with him. Betsy, who has a crush on Andy, helps him out by wearing a grown-up evening gown, which her mother has sent her from New York, ...

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Andy Hardy, the teen-aged son of prominent Carvel judge James K. Hardy, thinks that he will be a social outcast if he doesn't have his own car for the Christmas Eve dance, so he takes twelve dollars out of his savings account to make a down payment on an old jalopy. Car dealer Peter Dugan makes Andy sign a promissory note for the remaining eight dollars, which Andy must pay by December 24th. Andy's plans for a great Christmas are dampened when his girl friend, Polly Benedict, has to go away for the holidays, and also when Mrs. Hardy must go to Canada to visit her ailing mother. He temporarily finds hope when his friend Beezy offers to pay him eight dollars to take his own girl, Cynthia Potter, to the dance so no other boy will steal her away, but his plans backfire when Beezy sends a letter saying that he has met a new girl and no longer needs Andy's services. Andy decides to go with her anyway, even though Polly has come back to town, because Cynthia is gorgeous and loves to kiss. Judge Hardy saves Andy from Dugan's legal action when he gives Andy the eight dollars for helping him send a ham radio message to Mrs. Hardy. Everything seems perfect for Andy until Cynthia cancels their date (after twelve-year-old Betsy Booth shows her an old wreck and says that it is his new car) and Polly refuses to have anything to do with him. Betsy, who has a crush on Andy, helps him out by wearing a grown-up evening gown, which her mother has sent her from New York, and asking to go with him to the dance. Although she is the youngest girl there, Betsy is the hit of the dance. The band leader recognizes her as the talented daughter of famous musical comedy star Martha Draper, and she sings for the cheering guests. Feeling humiliated, Polly goes home, still not speaking to Andy. On Christmas Day, everything turns out all right, though, when Mrs. Hardy returns, and Betsy convinces Polly that Andy has been the victim of circumstances, enabling them to resume their romance.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic, with songs, Teenage


Subject

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

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