Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

85, 87 or 89 mins | Comedy-drama | 5 July 1940

Director:

George B. Seitz

Producer:

J. J. Cohn

Cinematographers:

Charles Lawton, Sidney Wagner

Editor:

Harold F. Kress

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to the George B. Seitz papers contained in the AFI library, filming began in Feb 1940 and retakes were shot in Apr 1940. For additional information on the Hardy Family Series, see the entry above for A Family Affair and consult the Series ... More Less

According to the George B. Seitz papers contained in the AFI library, filming began in Feb 1940 and retakes were shot in Apr 1940. For additional information on the Hardy Family Series, see the entry above for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Jun 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Jul 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Jul 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Apr 40
p. 27.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Jul 40
p. 32.
New York Times
2 Aug 40
p. 12.
Variety
3 Jul 40
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus cond
Mus arr
Vocal and orch arr
Vocal and orch arr
Vocal and orch arr
Vocal and orch arr
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Elec
Grip
Props
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
SONGS
"Alone," words and music by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
"I'm Nobody's Baby," words and music by Benny Davis, Milton Ager and Lester Santley.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 July 1940
Production Date:
began 19 February 1940
retakes April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9799
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85, 87 or 89
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6256
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Moonstruck by the image of Daphne Fowler, New York's reigning debutante, Carvel's Andy Hardy brags to his friends "Beezy" and Polly Benedict, the editors of his high school paper, that he is good friends with the socialite, whom he has never met. Andy's words return to haunt him when his father, Judge James K. Hardy, packs his family off to New York to protect the endowment of the Carvel orphanage. When Beezy and Polly threaten to print the story of Andy's romance, Andy realizes that to save face, he must prove his friendship with Daphne, and sets out to meet her. In New York, Andy is greeted by his old friend, Betsy Booth, who has a crush on Andy, but he ignores Betsy in his pursuit of Daphne. Andy soon discovers that royalty does not mingle with the common folk, and so he dons airs of affluence to meet Daphne. When Andy hears Daphne's radio broadcast inviting her listeners to a dog lovers benefit at an expensive restaurant, Andy eagerly attends, but his pretext of wealth gets him in trouble when he is unable to pay his huge bill and is humiliated by the club's manager. Judge Hardy is also having difficulties in New York, and it looks as if he might lose his case for the orphanage. Andy's misery mounts when he receives an advance copy of the school paper featuring the humiliating story of his romance with Daphne. Recognizing his son's unhappiness, Judge Hardy tries to make Andy realize that all men are created equal and snobbery is not to be admired, but he fails in his mission. Although the ... +


Moonstruck by the image of Daphne Fowler, New York's reigning debutante, Carvel's Andy Hardy brags to his friends "Beezy" and Polly Benedict, the editors of his high school paper, that he is good friends with the socialite, whom he has never met. Andy's words return to haunt him when his father, Judge James K. Hardy, packs his family off to New York to protect the endowment of the Carvel orphanage. When Beezy and Polly threaten to print the story of Andy's romance, Andy realizes that to save face, he must prove his friendship with Daphne, and sets out to meet her. In New York, Andy is greeted by his old friend, Betsy Booth, who has a crush on Andy, but he ignores Betsy in his pursuit of Daphne. Andy soon discovers that royalty does not mingle with the common folk, and so he dons airs of affluence to meet Daphne. When Andy hears Daphne's radio broadcast inviting her listeners to a dog lovers benefit at an expensive restaurant, Andy eagerly attends, but his pretext of wealth gets him in trouble when he is unable to pay his huge bill and is humiliated by the club's manager. Judge Hardy is also having difficulties in New York, and it looks as if he might lose his case for the orphanage. Andy's misery mounts when he receives an advance copy of the school paper featuring the humiliating story of his romance with Daphne. Recognizing his son's unhappiness, Judge Hardy tries to make Andy realize that all men are created equal and snobbery is not to be admired, but he fails in his mission. Although the principles of equal opportunity fail to touch Andy, they inspire Judge Hardy to recast his case for the orphanage, and he wins the suit in court. The judge's victory proves to Andy the importance of equality and he renounces his snobbery. Andy then confides his predicament to Betsy, who solves his problems by introducing him to her good friend Daphne, thus allowing Andy to return home triumphant with a photo of Daphne embracing him. +

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

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