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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 5 July 1940 (USA)
Judge Hardy takes his family to New York City, where Andy quickly falls in love with a socialite. He finds the high society life too expensive, and eventually decides that he liked it better back home.

Director:

George B. Seitz

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Annalee Whitmore (screenplay), Tom Seller (screenplay) (as Thomas Seller) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Judy Garland ... Betsy Booth
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Diana Lewis ... Daphne Fowler
George P. Breakston ... 'Beezy' (as George Breakston)
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly
Addison Richards ... Mr. Benedict
George Lessey ... Underwood
Cy Kendall ... Mr. Carrillo
Clyde Willson ... Francis
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Judge Hardy takes his family to New York City, where Andy quickly falls in love with a socialite. He finds the high society life too expensive, and eventually decides that he liked it better back home. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Look Out Broadway - Here Comes Mickey!

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

André Hardy va dans le monde See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"All I Do Is Dream of You" (music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed), sung by Judy Garland, was filmed but then deleted from the release print. The audio has been issued on a 1996 Rhino double CD titled "Judy Garland: Collectors' Gems from the M-G-M Films." See more »

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Judge James K. 'Jim' Hardy: Betsy's a New Yorker, so of course she carries a gat.
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Featured in Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998) See more »

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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on a record and sung by Judy Garland
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The Dividing Line...
12 September 2008 | by xerses13See all my reviews

ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE (1940) is the ninth (9th) film of the series and it shows the direction it was inevitably headed into. Characters ANDY HARDY (Mickey Rooney) and JUDGE HARDY (Lewis Stone) were going to be front and center. The rest of the cast was going too just punch the clock and collect their checks. The series would rise to the occasion again and have its moments but a fatal decline had set in.

Lewis Stone throughout the series would continue too portray the character of JUDGE HARDY in a sympathetic manner. The rest of the cast would be professional even though given less and less to do. Mickey Rooney on the other hand would continue his character as if there was no learning curve. ANDYs' reaction to any situation was in a naive and unbelievable way. Even after he returned as a veteran of World War II service in LOVE LAUGHS AT ANDY HARDY (1946) his reaction to any 'teapot tempest' was the same, juvenile.

In this film it is clearly illustrated. ANDY gets himself into several unbelievable situations that with a simple explanation would have been resolved. This screen writing device was known as the 'idiot plot'. A means of stretching a poorly written scenario. Maybe it was less Mickey Rooneys' fault then the Director and the Writers. Most likely George B. Seitz had directed one too many and a firmer hand was needed too control Rooneys' excesses. To see our overview of the entire series go to YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE (1937).


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