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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante

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Fresh from her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, seventeen-year-old Judy Garland is featured in this ninth film of the popular Andy Hardy series. Bursting with energy and talent, she and Mickey Rooney confirm why they were adored by millions of moviegoers. Filmdom may never find two more talented teens. The story finds young Andy (Mickey Rooney) dazzled by a picture in a society magazine of a glamorous debutante (Diana Lewis). When Judge Hardy’s crusade to save an orphanage takes him to New York City, Andy tags along in hopes of meeting his dream girl. But The Big Apple shows little sympathy for a cocky, small-town boy. Each one of Andy’s hairbrained schemes to break into high society backfires – with disastrous but humorous results. Finally, it’s his old pal Betsy Booth (Garland), a society girl herself, who lends Andy a hand – and a tuxedo. One of the most entertaining films in the series, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante features an added bonus: Miss Garland performing two excellent songs, Alone and I’m Nobody’s Baby.

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  • Actors: Mickey Rooney
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006HH5YIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2003
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The beginning was when debutantes started to wear strapless evening gowns, or so Andy Hardy says as he begins to tell the story of his most recent troubles to his father. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, the ninth film in the immensely popular Andy Hardy series, is easily my favorite of them all. Comical yet touching, entertaining yet sometimes almost uncomfortably serious, this 1940 classic has the power to make you laugh as well as cry. Judy Garland, a year after attaining superstardom in The Wizard of Oz, makes her second of three appearances in the series, and she was never more beautiful and charming as she was here. While Betsy Booth may fret about her lack of glamour, the teenaged Judy Garland was to my eyes the most beautiful young lady in Hollywood.
As usual, Andy Hardy's troubles are of his own making. After his regular girl Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford) tells Andy she thinks they should start seeing other people, he constructs an emotional wall founded on a lie. He tells Polly and his friend Beezy that Miss Daphne Fowler, New York's top debutante, is mad about him; the only problem is that he has no way of getting to New York to be with her. As luck would have it (Andy's luck, anyway), his father Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) soon announces that the whole family is going to New York in order for him to help settle a dispute threatening to shut down Carvel's home for orphans. Andy's supposed love affair with Miss Fowler is set for publication in the school's paper, and if Andy doesn't return with a picture of Daphne and himself to corroborate his claims, he will be ruined socially.
The Hardys are met in New York by Betsy Booth (Judy Garland), whose crush on Andy has not faded one bit since her last visit to Carvel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on January 4, 2001
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This is my favorite of the Andy Hardy series. Judy Garland plays Betsy Booth, the plain-Jane foil to Andy's more glamourous girl interests. Betsy, good natured friend, secretly pines for Andy while helping him connect with another girl, a NY debutante. Judy was never better, offering renditions of "Alone" a comic ballad you may recognize from "A Night at the Opera", and "Nobody's Baby" a swing number that she belts out with characteristic verve. All of Rooney's mugging can't take away from the pair's undeniable appeal, and there is something so sweet in young Judy's eager smile and wide eyes. Sit back and enjoy what our parents flocked to see when they were teens. It was a different world, and this affords you a glimpse back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on May 17, 2006
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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante is a sweet film in the Andy Hardy series. It begins with Andy (Mickey Rooney) who has fallen in love with the number one debutante of New York. He reveals his crush to some friends who tease him endlessly to the point that he brags that the two are romantically involved. When he finds his family is set to go to New York, his blood runs cold in fear. After fighting to stay home, he finds his friend Betsy (Judy Garland) waiting with love in her eyes. He looks right past it though, and utilizes her eager helpfulness to scheme his way to his society girl.

The best part of this film is the acting. Both Rooney and Garland are spectacular. Rooney is an amazing actor; the camera could stay on his face the entire time and it would still be entertaining. He acts while he is not speaking which makes for a much better film than had he not done so. Garland is gorgeous here though she was still very young. She is sweet and lovable, hopelessly in love with an unsuspecting Andy who she does everything for. Her voice is wonderful too; she sings two beautiful songs: "Alone" and "I'm Nobody's Baby."

The film might be a trifle preachy with its speeches about the opportunities in America and the importance of morality, but it has quality. It can be watched by any age and still be related to and entertaining. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on May 28, 2006
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Andy Hardy Meets Debutante was the best of the Andy Hardy films. Diana Lewis played Daphne Fowler, Diana's best friend was Carole Landis. Diana gave Carole a gold cross in 1938 that she wore for the rest of her life. William Powell and Diana knew each other for only a few weeks when they eloped. He had previously been married to Carole Lombard and engaged to Jean Harlow. The little boy who played Francis/Butch would have stole the movie had it not been for Judy Garland. Judy singing "I'm Nobody's Baby" is the highlight of the movie. Louis B. Mayer had a very strong hand in the way The Andy Hardy movies were done, he always said they were the best films MGM ever made.The films gave a start to many young actors, Judy Garland, Esther Williams, Donna Reed, Kathryn Grayson, and of course Judy Garland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shellie on February 20, 2010
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This is the second film I've seen with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney and I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not a Mickey Rooney fan--he's just so over the top. My recommendation--if you like Garland go for the ones without Mickey Rooney. I watched this one once and gave it away.
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Produced in 1940, this light-hearted and sentimental comedy was another in the series of the MGM Andy Hardy films, which were vehicles for star actor Mickey Rooney. Overall, the film was uneven due to its pretensions of delivering a message about Andy learning a life lesson with the assistance of his father, Judge Hardy.

The plot concerns young Andy's crush on a New York society girl who has been featured on the covers of magazines. Andy has collected a scrapbook of her photos, and brags to his friends, including his supposed girl friend Polly (Ann Rutherford), that he has a personal relationship with the debutante. When Judge Hardy is called to New York on an urgent matter, the entire Hardy family accompanies him. The comedy and the intended serious lesson of Andy revolve around his attempt to actually meet the debutante in order to save face with his friends.

The best scene in the film is when Andy dines at a swanky restaurant, unaware of the exorbitant costs of the items on the menu. He places a "double order" of the main course, plus all of the specialties of the house. When he is unable to pay the bill, he must sit through a humiliating scene where the restaurant owner refers to him as a "hick." Andy is forced to confess his juvenile mistake to his father, Judge Hardy. Andy has even incurred the loss of a $400 pearl stud loaned to him by young Betsy Booth (Judy Garland), who has a crush on Andy and had borrowed this expensive accoutrement from her wealthy father.

The film struggles in its attempt to present Andy's life lesson when the Judge instructs his son on the relative insignificance of social class. Andy is given a history lesson as the Judge takes him to Columbia University and points out the busts of the Founding Fathers.
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