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Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 December 1939 (USA)
Judge Hardy, trying to find a relative of an aged couple to prevent them from losing their home, enlists the aid of his son Andy.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (characters), Carey Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Lewis Stone ... Judge James K. Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Emily Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Mildred 'Millie' Forrest
June Preisser ... Euphrasia 'Phrasie Daisy' Clark
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mrs. Judith Volduzzi
Henry Hull ... Dr. Jones
Martha O'Driscoll ... Leonora V. 'Elvie' Horton
Leona Maricle ... Mrs. Maria Horton
Margaret Early ... Clarabelle V. Lee
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' Anderson (as George Breakston)
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Mr. Anton Volduzzi
Edna Holland ... Nurse Trowbridge
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Storyline

Mr. and Mrs. Valduzzi come to see Judge James Hardy for advice on how to prevent the loss of their home. He senses the aged Italian immigrant couple has a grown daughter who is ashamed of her parents and has not kept in contact with them. Failing to locate her himself, he offers money to his teenage son, Andy, if he can locate her. Andy has been having his usual problems with his car and girlfriends and eagerly accepts the challenge, since he needs the money. At the same time he plans on getting some girl to enter a school essay contest and split the $50 winning prize money with her. Since he supposes that a daughter of the daughter might have Valduzzi as a middle name, he sees three high school girls, Euphrasia V. Clark, Clarabelle V. Lee and Elvee Horton, in the hope that one of them may be the right one. Not only do they all reject Andy's unethical proposal about the essay, but Euphrasia blackmails him into taking her to the Fourth-of-July fireworks show, which causes him more ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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The New Hardy Picture Is Here!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

André Hardy détective See more »

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Gross USA:

$251,300
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dress that Mrs. Horton wears during her meeting with Judge Hardy and L.V's dress at the end of the movie can both be seen, in color, during the fashion show sequence in "The Women", also from 1939. See more »

Quotes

Andy Hardy: Must be nice and cool over there on your front porch. Maybe you could dig up some of those raisin cookies.
Polly Benedict: Raisin cookies, is your stomach all you men think of?
Andy Hardy: Well my dad said today if a woman couldn't cook her husband had a right to beat her up.
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Followed by Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) See more »

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Andy The Gumshoe
16 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Andy Hardy series gets a little serious in Judge Hardy And Son. Mickey Rooney gets a chance to do a little detective work on behalf of the court looking for a daughter to an elderly Italian immigrant couple who are in danger of losing their home. The elderly couple is played by Egon Brecher and Maria Ouspenskaya, neither exactly Italian, but in those days they were always cast as all purpose European ethnics.

Cecilia Parker and Mickey Rooney are having their usual brother and sister spats. And Rooney despite ever faithful Ann Rutherford gets himself involved with mush mouth southern belle June Preiser as a result of his search on behalf of Lewis Stone.

The Hardy family does come to crisis when Fay Holden who begged off a trip to see her parents on their golden wedding anniversary develops a touch of pleurisy. That moves quickly to pneumonia and the woman needs round the clock nursing care. Everyone else's troubles fade as the heart of the home threatens to stop beating.

Even Lewis Stone is knocked off kilter with his wife's illness, but in the end comes around to give Mickey Rooney the same old advice about love and life which Mickey keeps hearing, but it never quite takes.

One of the more enjoyable Andy Hardy films.


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