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Andy Hardy was a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in an extremely successful MGM film series from 1937 to 1947. The movies were based on characters in the play "Skidding," by Aurania Rouverol. Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


The initial Hardy film, A Family Affair (1937), was made before a series was contemplated. It featured Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy, Andy's father, Spring Byington as Mrs. Hardy, Andy's mother, and Margaret Marquis as Andy's on-again-off-again sweetheart, Polly Benedict. But when the series was launched, most of the cast changed, with the notable exceptions of Rooney and Sara Haden as his Aunt Milly. The series entries starred Lewis Stone as Judge Hardy, Fay Holden as Mrs. Hardy and Ann Rutherford as Polly. Lionel Barrymore Herbert Lionel Blyth (April 28, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 15, 1954 in Van Nuys, California) was an American actor of stage, radio and film. ... Spring Byington (October 17, 1886 – September 7, 1971) was an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Sara Haden was a character actress in Hollywood films of the 1930s through the 1950s. ... Lewis Shepard Stone (November 15, 1879 - September 12, 1953) was an American actor. ... Ann Rutherford in a publicity photo Ann Rutherford (born November 2, 1920) is a Canadian/American actress in film, radio, and television. ...


Most of the movies were set in the Hardys' fictional hometown of Carvel. All of them were sentimental comedies celebrating ordinary American life. The people in Carvel, by and large, were pious, patriotic, generous and tolerant. The town represented movie mogul Louis B. Mayer's idealized vision of his adopted country. Some writers have compared Carvel to Mayberry, the setting of "The Andy Griffith Show" a generation later.


The early movies focused on the Hardy family as a whole, but the character Andy soon became the center of the series, and his name was featured in most of the titles. They were a big factor in Rooney's rise to stardom.


Though many of the plots revolved around teenager Andy's romantic misadventures, the central relationship in the movies was between Andy and his father. The character Judge Hardy, played by the grandfatherly-looking Stone, was a man of absolute morality and integrity, but behind his stern demeanor was a gentle humanitarian with a droll sense of humor. A typical plot involved Andy getting into minor trouble with money or girls, usually because of youthful selfishness and a slight willingness to fudge the truth. But after a "man-to-man" talk with his father, Andy would listen to his own better nature and do the right thing, assuring a happy ending.


The most popular of the films, or at least the ones with the most enduring popularity, paired Rooney with Judy Garland--beginning with Love Finds Andy Hardy, and continuing with Andy Hardy Meets Debutante and Life Begins for Andy Hardy. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of... Love Finds Andy Hardy is a 1938 romantic comedy film which tells the story of a teenaged boy who becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time. ...


The Andy Hardy series also served as a platform for MGM to introduce new performers, some of whom became stars themselves. Love Finds Andy Hardy featured Lana Turner in one of her first film appearances, while Andy Hardy's Private Secretary was the start of Kathryn Grayson's film career, and Andy Hardy's Double Life launched the film career of Esther Williams. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an Academy award-nominated American film actress. ... Kathryn Grayson (born February 9, 1922) is an American actress and singer who was born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921[1] or 1922[2]) was a United States competitive swimmer and movie star, famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming and diving. ...


Rooney grew up with the film series, which ended with Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, in which had Hardy returning to civilian life after fighting in World War II. An attempt at reviving the series with an older, wiser Andy was made in 1958 with Andy Hardy Comes Home, but a new series failed to emerge. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


There were also a number of public service announcements involving the Andy Hardy character and his father. A notable PSA had Andy Hardy trying to convince his father to give him $200 for a car. Instead, his father takes him on a tour of several charities that need the money more. After each visit to a charity, the car Andy wants to buy becomes more and more decrepit.


Filmography

  • A Family Affair (1937)
  • You're Only Young Once (1937)
  • Judge Hardy's Children (1938)
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
  • Out West with the Hardys (1938)
  • Andy Hardy's Dilemma (1938)
  • The Hardys Ride High (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
  • Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
  • Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
  • Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
  • The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
  • Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
  • Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)
  • Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)

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Andy Hardy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (170 words)
Andy Hardy was a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in an extremely successful series of films, produced by MGM, over a period of 10 years from 1937 to 1947.
Mickey Rooney grew up with the film series, which ended with Love Laughs at Andy Hardy which had Hardy returning to civilian life after fighting in World War II.
An attempt at reviving the series with an older, wiser Andy was made in 1958 with Andy Hardy Comes Home, but a new series failed to emerge.
Love finds Andy Hardy on my TV set (722 words)
A very young Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney (she was Betsy Booth, he was Andy Hardy) are on the cover.
Another movie with the Hardy clan was made in 1938, then another and another, 14 in all, not counting the 1937 original.
Andy Hardy's house was my house, except for the white picket fence.
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