Judge Hardy and Son (1939)

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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.


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  • Mickey Rooney, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Martha O'Driscoll, Cecilia Parker, and Lewis Stone in Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
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Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (characters), Carey Wilson

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7 December 2016 | atlasmb
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| A Lesser Andy Hardy Installment
"Judge Hardy and Son" is the eighth in the series of Andy Hardy films. It contains Andy's usual high school hi-jinks, his usual money problems, and his usual girl troubles.

It is important to remember that the studio was cranking out these Andy Hardy films as fast as they could, wanting to capitalize on Mickey Rooney's popularity. As a result, some of the scripts were repetitive, if not uninspired.

In this installment, there are a couple of serious subjects, especially a threatening illness that befalls Andy's mother. Judge Hardy offers some sober observations about faith and the proper appreciation of life itself. Then the comedy continues.

The film has a hasty resolution, as with an episode in a series. Because the next Andy Hardy film would follow shortly, this is understandable and, to some extent, excusable. But the overall story--except for the section about the illness--lacks depth. Even the sections devoted to Andy's love interests feel shortchanged.

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