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Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics - And Other Things (1940)

Approved | | Short | 1940 (USA)
Judge Hardy teaches his son Andy a lesson about charity while used car shopping.


George B. Seitz


Carey Wilson


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Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy


Andy wants to buy a new car so he goes into the judge's home office where his father is about to write a $200 check to charity. He asks his dad for the $200 and they go used car shopping. Andy drives four cars with his dad as the passenger. The first car is $200, the second is $150 the third is $100 and the last is $50. Four stops, one with each car are made: a day nursery, all nations community house, an orthopedic hospital and then a woman's home. Andy's dad finally lends him $10 to fix up his old car which he decides to give to charity as Andy has learned his lesson. Written by <bratcher@worldnet.att.net>

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Release Date:

1940 (USA) See more »

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Andy Hardy's Dilemma See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

The following message appears on screen at the end of this short film: "Dear Public: YOUR community chest money will keep open the doors of EIGHTY-EIGHT different institutions. It is our MOBILIZATION FOR HUMAN NEEDS! What are YOU waiting for? GIVE! - Andy Hardy" See more »


The Wedding March
(from "Lohengrin")
Music by Richard Wagner
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"I thought this was a free country. Do I have to be educated at my own expense?"
14 November 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fans of the Andy Hardy movies will want to see this interesting short about giving to charity. The set-up has Judge Hardy about to donate to the Community Chest but Andy thinks it'd be a better idea to spend the money on buying him a new car. Charity begins at home, as they say. Well the Judge decides to show Andy firsthand how there are people out there with bigger problems than needing a new hotrod to pick up girls. It's always fun to see Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone playing these roles. They had a great old-school father & son dynamic that we don't see much anymore. If a father in movies or television today is shown to be anything other than a deadbeat dad or a child molester, it's a miracle. If you do come across one that isn't an awful human being, he still isn't allowed to give lectures or teach his children anything, lest he be called judgmental or preachy. Anyway, the purpose of this short was to encourage people to give more to charities to help the poor and unfortunate. Yes, there are amusingly dated elements ("In a midget washroom, everything is midget."). It's very easy to be cynical about these things today and mock them. But it's an earnest, well-meaning short that tugs at the heartstrings while also providing a little humor. Those interested in the past, as well as those who enjoy the Hardy films, will surely find some value in it.

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