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The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Passed | | Comedy | March 1942 (USA)
While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Agnes Christine Johnston (screenplay), Aurania Rouverol (based upon the characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly
Donna Reed ... Melodie Nesbit
William Lundigan ... Jeff Willis
Steve Cornell Steve Cornell ... Stewart Dwight
Frieda Inescort ... Olivia Nesbit
Harvey Stephens ... Roderick O. Nesbit
Betty Wells ... Susie
Joseph Crehan ... Peter Dugan
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' (as George Breakston)
Todd Karns ... Harry Land
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While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

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Hello, Folks! Our First 1942 Hardy Hit is Here! Join the Fun! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Idílio de Andy Hardy See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast took place in Honolulu Saturday 20 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), it first aired in Chicago 17 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 5 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Los Angeles 10 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Baltimore 17 November 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 24 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 1 December 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Phoenix 7 December 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Binghamton NY 5 January 1958 on WNBF (Channel 12), and in both Albany NY and San Francisco 2 February 1958 on WTEN (Channel 10) and on KGO (Channel 7). Although it would have been in the library of MGM films under the control of WCBS (Channel 2), there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in New York City at this time. See more »

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Follows Judge Hardy's Children (1938) See more »

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Most of this story works...but one plotline is downright bizarre.
13 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Melodie nesbitt--donna reed accused of stealing car--odd how family handled it asks andy to take melodie out company suing mrs hardy'

"The Courtship of Andy Hardy" is generally a good addition to the franchise. Sadly, though, one of the storylines just makes no sense...hence the score is only 6.

When the story begins, Judge Hardy is presiding over a case involving two horrible parents whose divorce proceedings have drug on for years...all to the detriment of their daughter, Melodie (Donna Reed). Melodie parrots her mother's hatred for the father and she's a lonely, sad young lady. Later in the story, Judge Hardy asks Andy for a favor....to ask Melodie out to the upcoming dance. It turns out that she's never dated anyone and Andy is willing...even though she is shunned by her peers.

There are other parts to the story--such as Marian dating a loser and Mrs. Hardy being harassed by a dishonest company. But the one that stood out for me involved Andy being accused of stealing a car...this and the resolution to it made no sense at all nor did Judge Hardy's reaction to it. Bizarre to say the least...though the rest of the film is the usual nice, wholesome sort of fair fans of the series have come to expect.


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