Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)

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Andy Hardy, now a grown man with a wife and children, returns to his hometown on a business trip and finds himself getting mixed up in local politics.

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28 March 2016 | richspenc
| Some things are missing
This could've been the perfect Hardy reunion film, but there are several things wrong or missing here. Andy Hardy is coming home to Carvel from out west 12 years after the last Hardy film. Hardy's dad Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) is absent but Lewis Stone passed away in 1953, 5 years before this film. But nothing is mentioned in the film about what happened to Andy's dad. Polly (Ann Rutherford) is not in this film, and she was a major character in the series as Andy's on again off again girlfriend. Betsy Booth (Judy Garland) is not in this film either, but that's most likely due to Judy having been fired from MGM in 1951 and the Hardy films are all MGM. I still wished Judy would've come back for "Andy Hardy comes home" considering all the years she and Mickey did films together. Then the flashback of Andy and Betsy(Judy) that Andy had on the plane was actually a clip from "Babes in arms", which was a Judy/Mickey film but not a Hardy film. There are a number of good clips with Judy they could've used from " Love finds Andy Hardy" or "Life begins for Andy Hardy". Patricia Breslin (Andy's mom) and Fay Holden really looked older here, but so did Mickey. 12+ years is enough time for noticeable aging. The juvenile, energized, rambunctious Mickey from the late 30s and 40s was gone. So was his slick womanizing ways, Andy always was a real girl magnet in all his earlier pictures. When Andy returns to Carvel, we see him in a soda shop trying to dance with the late 1950s teens and tire out a lot more easy than he would've 12-20 years earlier. I've realized here how Mickey, Judy Garland, Ann Rutherford, etc. are a level earlier to the late 50s jukebox generation and have passed by their heyday now. They were the late 30s and 40s "swing" generation. It's almost kind of sad to see Mickey here compared to how he was. There's a plot about plans for an aircraft plant being built in town and a lot of the townspeople objecting to it. That part was sorta OK. But a lot of the spirit from the earlier films seemed to have passed by now.

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