Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)

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Andy is going to Wainwright College as did his father. He sees a pretty blonde on the train and he is alternately winked at or slapped every time he sees her. Andy is clueless. On the train... See full summary »


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  • Mickey Rooney, Bonita Granville, Lee Wilde, and Lyn Wilde in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Lewis Stone, Lee Wilde, and Lyn Wilde in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Mickey Rooney, Lee Wilde, and Lyn Wilde in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Mickey Rooney, Lee Wilde, and Lyn Wilde in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Mickey Rooney, Bonita Granville, Emory Parnell, and Emmett Vogan in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Mickey Rooney, Lee Wilde, and Lyn Wilde in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)

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8 June 2017 | istara
8
| Reasonably amusing comedy about a naive college boy
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble is a surprisingly long film starring Mickey Rooney as a kid going to college. The woman he likes (Bonita Granville) prefers Herbert Marshall, the college dean, to Mickey Rooney. And no wonder - Rooney is 24 in this film but looks and sounds about 14, and Granville is 21 and is styled to look like she's in her mid 30s. In the first scene I thought the "twist" was going to be that she was a professor rather than a student.

As a result, visually, a Marshall-Granville romance is significantly more credible than a Rooney-Granville one, even though Marshall was 54. (The fact that he's the college dean and she is a freshman student never appears to be the slightest issue. Nor the fact that he's sleeping on the berth above her during the longest train journey since the Orient Express got stuck in the snow with a corpse).

Had they axed the rather contrived side plot about two identical blonde twins rinsing Rooney for cash, they could have made a shorter and tighter movie. Plus all the family scenes with Rooney's father could easily have been swept away on the cutting room floor. But this film is part of a series of Hardy family films, which I suppose is why they're in there.

There is one very touching scene with a Brooklyn-born Chinese American doctor, in dialogue very compelling for the 1940s (and even so today) he introduces himself with: "Oh I see you're wondering about my nationality. I'm Chinese, and I have a charming disposition, until someone pulls that old crack about 'Confucius say'. At which I go completely berserk and bite little children. Now let's have a look at that throat." Plus ça change, eight decades later.

I would recommend this film as a curiosity, and to fans of any specific actors in it. The twins can apparently sing, so it's rather a shame we don't get more of that.

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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Seattle Saturday 27 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Honolulu 3 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in both Chicago and in Phoenix 31 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and on KPHO (Channel 5), in Portland OR 19 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 22 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 27 October 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Akron 2 November 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in New Haven CT 5 November 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Los Angeles 14 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Altoona PA 19 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Baltimore 1 December 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Binghamton NY 3 December 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Hartford CT 2 January 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), and in San Francisco 2 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Andy and his Blondes finally made it to Minneapolis 20 November 1959 on KMSP (Channel 9), but it took them until 3 January 1961 before they hit New York City on WCBS (Channel 2).


Quotes

Andy Hardy: Oh, you don't go in very much for kissing, huh?
Kay Wilson: I've been kissed before and I expect to be kissed again.
Andy Hardy: Well there's no time like the present.


Crazy Credits

The following message appears on screen after the end of the film: "To families and friends of men and women in our armed forces. The picture you have just seen will be shown in combat areas overseas with the compliments of the American Motion Picture Industry."


Soundtracks

Easy to Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by
Cole Porter
Sung by Lee Wilde, then danced by Lee and Lyn Wilde at Joe's Place

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Romance

Details

Release Date:

26 January 1945

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Reno, Nevada, USA

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