You're Only Young Once (1937)

77 or 80 mins | Comedy-drama | 10 December 1937

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writer:

Kay Van Riper

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was A Family Vacation . The MPH "In the Cutting Room" column also referred to it as Second Family Affair . After the story's end, actor Lewis Stone comes out from behind a closed curtain and announces that the Hardy Family is going to appear in a news series, which he hopes the audience will like. He then tells the audience to "Watch for the new adventures of Judge Hardy's Children." Stone took over the role of "Judge James K. Hardy" from Lionel Barrymore, who had been in the first film featuring the Hardy Family characters, A Family Affair . Although a HR news item stated that Barrymore might resume the role of "Judge Hardy" in subsequent pictures, Stone played the role throughout the rest of the series. According to news item in HR , Sara Holden was loaned to M-G-M from Paramount for her role as "Aunt Milly." Fay Holden portrayed "Mrs. Emily Hardy" for the first time in this film. The role had been played by Spring Byington in A Family Affair . Holden continued in the role throughout the series. This film also marked the first appearance of Ann Rutherford in the role of "Polly Benedict," "Andy's" girl friend. Character "Marian Hardy's" boyfriend is discussed in the film, but never seen. The Var review notes that a photograph of actor Eric Linden, who played the role of boyfriend "Wayne Trent" in A Family Affair , was seen on a piano in the Hardy family home, indicating that he would be back in the series. ... More Less

The working title of the film was A Family Vacation . The MPH "In the Cutting Room" column also referred to it as Second Family Affair . After the story's end, actor Lewis Stone comes out from behind a closed curtain and announces that the Hardy Family is going to appear in a news series, which he hopes the audience will like. He then tells the audience to "Watch for the new adventures of Judge Hardy's Children." Stone took over the role of "Judge James K. Hardy" from Lionel Barrymore, who had been in the first film featuring the Hardy Family characters, A Family Affair . Although a HR news item stated that Barrymore might resume the role of "Judge Hardy" in subsequent pictures, Stone played the role throughout the rest of the series. According to news item in HR , Sara Holden was loaned to M-G-M from Paramount for her role as "Aunt Milly." Fay Holden portrayed "Mrs. Emily Hardy" for the first time in this film. The role had been played by Spring Byington in A Family Affair . Holden continued in the role throughout the series. This film also marked the first appearance of Ann Rutherford in the role of "Polly Benedict," "Andy's" girl friend. Character "Marian Hardy's" boyfriend is discussed in the film, but never seen. The Var review notes that a photograph of actor Eric Linden, who played the role of boyfriend "Wayne Trent" in A Family Affair , was seen on a piano in the Hardy family home, indicating that he would be back in the series. Linden did not appear in the series again, although the character of Wayne appeared in the next picture in the series, Judge Hardy's Children . At that time the character, whose last name was changed to "Trenton," was played by Robert Whitney. For additional information on the series, see the above entry for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Nov 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Feb 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 37
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Jan 37
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Nov 37
p. 57.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Nov 37
pp. 55, 58
New York Times
3 Jan 38
p. 16.
Variety
12 Jan 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol.
SONGS
"You're Only Young Once," music and lyrics by David Snell.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Second Family Affair
A Family Vacation
Release Date:
10 December 1937
Production Date:
20 October--9 November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 December 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7677
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
3908
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Carvel Judge James K. Hardy and his family, including his wife Emily, sister-in-law Milly, daughter Marian and son Andrew, are looking forward to having a wonderful summer vacation together. Although each family member seems to favor a different vacation spot, the judge is looking forward to fishing for swordfish off Santa Catalina Island, and he eventually convinces the rest of the family to go there. Just prior to leaving, Judge Hardy co-signs a note for some land for Frank Redman, editor of the Carvel paper. At Catalina, while the judge readies his new fishing equipment, the children pursue their own interests. Marian is fascinated with a wealthy lifeguard named Bill Rand who is separated from his wife and very "wild." Andy starts to spend time with teenager Geraldine "Jerry" Lane, whose mother has been divorced four times and who seems to have little regard for family life. While Marian tries to decide whom she prefers, Bill or Wayne Trent, her hometown boyfriend, Andy realizes that he needs money to keep up with Jerry and other rich friends. Not wanting Andy to be influenced by wild companions, Judge Hardy goes to see Jerry, who thinks that he is trying to pick her up. That night, the judge tells Andy not to see Jerry any more because she is too fast for him, but Andy angrily leaves their cabin after accusing his father of being too old fashioned. He thinks about what his father has said, though, then tells Jerry that he does not want to see her anymore, after which he makes up with the judge. Meanwhile, Marian has been seeing a lot of ... +


Carvel Judge James K. Hardy and his family, including his wife Emily, sister-in-law Milly, daughter Marian and son Andrew, are looking forward to having a wonderful summer vacation together. Although each family member seems to favor a different vacation spot, the judge is looking forward to fishing for swordfish off Santa Catalina Island, and he eventually convinces the rest of the family to go there. Just prior to leaving, Judge Hardy co-signs a note for some land for Frank Redman, editor of the Carvel paper. At Catalina, while the judge readies his new fishing equipment, the children pursue their own interests. Marian is fascinated with a wealthy lifeguard named Bill Rand who is separated from his wife and very "wild." Andy starts to spend time with teenager Geraldine "Jerry" Lane, whose mother has been divorced four times and who seems to have little regard for family life. While Marian tries to decide whom she prefers, Bill or Wayne Trent, her hometown boyfriend, Andy realizes that he needs money to keep up with Jerry and other rich friends. Not wanting Andy to be influenced by wild companions, Judge Hardy goes to see Jerry, who thinks that he is trying to pick her up. That night, the judge tells Andy not to see Jerry any more because she is too fast for him, but Andy angrily leaves their cabin after accusing his father of being too old fashioned. He thinks about what his father has said, though, then tells Jerry that he does not want to see her anymore, after which he makes up with the judge. Meanwhile, Marian has been seeing a lot of Bill, who asks her to marry him "after my divorce." When Marian comes home drunk that night and tells her father about Bill, the judge warns her about society's view of divorce, but invites Bill to go on a beach trip with them the next day. During the trip, in a game, Bill is put "on trial" and admits that he only considered Marian as a "vacation romance" and is not really separated from his wife. He then decides that it would be best to leave, and Marian is crushed. A short time later, the judge catches the swordfish he has wanted, but has little time to enjoy his trophy because he soon receives a telegram informing him that Redman cannot meet the payments for the note. Shaken because he now has to come up with money to cover the loan, Judge Hardy immediately takes the family home and learns that Redman has swindled him. Just when it appears that they will lose everything, including their house, the Judge remembers that his grandfather was a Civil War veteran who received government script for his service. The judge then flies to the capitol and, upon returning to Carvel reveals that by terms of the government script, it could be used to buy land, thus he has bought the land himself. With their financial problems settled, the Hardys return to their daily lives. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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