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The Andy Hardy Collection: Volume 1
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America's Favorite Family in their own 6-movie collection!YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE (1937) On vacation with his family on Catalina Island, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) falls heads over flippers for a sophisticated young beauty. Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) warns his son that she is too fast for him. JUDGE HARDY AND SON (1939) Needing the money, Andy agrees to help out Judge Hardy in trying to find the daughter of an immigrant couple who are in danger of losing their home. OUT WEST WITH THE HARDYS (1938)Judge Hardy takes the family to a ranch in Arizona to help old friends who have gotten into some trouble. ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE (1940) One of the most entertaining films in the series, featuring the energy and talent of Judy Garland performing two excellent songs, Alone and I'm Nobody's Baby. ANDY HARDY'S PRIVATE SECRETARY (1941) All set to graduate from high school,Andy flunks his English exam – in spite of the fact that Aunt Milly is his teacher! Featuring Kathryn Grayson in her screen debut. LIFE BEGINS FOR ANDY HARDY (1941) Big Apple here he comes! But big city life might prove too much for the small town boy.
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Most films take place in the all American town of Carvel and center around the Hardy family. The father is the town Judge James Hardy (Lewis Stone)with mother Emily Hardy (Fay Holden), son Andy Hardy (Rooney), sister Marian (Cecilia Parker) and maiden Aunt Millie (Sara Haden). Andy was always chasing Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford) and was being chased by the younger neighbor girl Besty Booth (Garland).
The first film in the set is the second film in the series - You're Only Young Once (78 minutes) should be called the Hardys on Vacation. And on vacation in Catalina, Andy falls for a socialite and Marian falls for a married man.
Second up is Out West with the Hardys (84 minutes) fifth in th series. The Judge takes the family out west to help an old friend save the ranch.
Next is the eigth film in the series Judge Hardy and Son (90 minutes). The Judge asks Andy to help him find the daughter of an immigrant couple that are about to lose their home. Also, Andy tries to win the school essay contest.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (88 minutes) - ninth in the series. The Judge takes the family to NYC on business and Micky falls for a debutante and finds out the rich life is for the rich. Judy Garland makes a second appearance as Betsy Booth, daughter of a Broadway star.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (101 minutes) - number 10. Its graduation time and Andy lets it get to his head. He "hires" a secretary (Kathryn Grayson in her first film role) and this of course causes problems with girlfriend Polly. One thing Andy forgets he still has to pass his classes especially Aunt Millie's English class. The girls pull together and help Andy pass his finals.
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (101 minutes) - number 11. Now that Andy has graduated, he decides to conquer the world - well New York. When he runs into trouble its Bestsy to the rescue (Judy in her final appearance.)
The good news is that they are finally releasing these films the bad news is that it is a barebones release. Expect no extra features. The only chapter breaks are the standard every ten minutes. So my major complaint is that why not release all 16 films at once. Also, since most films run about 100 minutes, why not double feature them on 8 discs? WB vault collection is this basic treatment of films and they charge a premium price. WB either give a quality treatment to these films or offer at a discount.
The film series is five stars but the treatment is 1 star.
America fell in love with the Hardy family as it has no other since and the small town of Carvel became the center of America's small town existence with the life, loves and travails of Andy Hardy and his parents and sisters and neighbors. Lewis Stone came to embody Judge Hardy a little more nobly than Lionel Barrymore had originally played him in my opinion and acted as the anchor (ably supported by Fay Holden as Mrs. Hardy) as solidly embedded in Americana as Walt Disney's later family features ever were (who can forget he and Andy's 'mad to mad' conversations???. Not to forget Cecelia Parker as Andy's sister Marian and Ann Rutherford (who died in 2012 at 94) as Andy's long time sweetheart Polly Benedict. Later another Andy admirer named Betsy Booth (the granddaughter of the Hardy's next door neighbor) joins the whole troupe and falls hopelessly for Andy as well (played by the lady most associated with Mickey Rooney in film - the late great Judy Garland and their scenes are terrific in the Hardy series).
Thus America's affair with the Hardy family spanned almost ten tumultuous years (including the WWII years). Love Laughs At Andy Hardy was the final in the original series in 1946 and then a dozen years later when MGM had fallen on hard times and was desperately trying to recreate some of its former glory came the 16th and last Hardy family film 'Andy Hardy Goes Home' which found Mickey Rooney returning to Carvel with all the original family members gathering sans Lewis Stone who had passed away in 1952. It's a poignant send off to the series tho Stone's absence is felt acutely throughout and ultimately it failed to revive the series but is fondly remembered by fans for providing some sense of closure.
The movies focused mainly on Andy Hardy's High School, College and beginning of adulthood years with plenty of side plots for Judge Hardy and the family reflecting the modern concerns of small town Americans of the era. Evenly balanced between drama and comedy throughout they are wonderfully entertaining even today and imagine my surprise when my 16 year old granddaughter and 19 year old grandson sat down with me a while back and watched 'A Family Affair' and loved it!! We're moving on to the rest.
Recently Warner Brothers (who acquired the rights to the MGM library) have finally released all 16 movies on two sets (single sided dvds for those curious). While not meticulously restored they are in fine shape for films from the 30's and 40's and for the first time since they were released provide access to the whole series in order (tho do your homework because they are not in order in the sets - but you can google the order and release years in 5 minutes). The Andy Hardy Film Collection Volumes 1 & 2. Volume 1 has six movies on six discs and Volume 2 has ten movies on five discs (don't ask why...just be grateful that they're finally available!).
I might add that I paid for these and did not receive them through Vine for those who accost me with 'are vine reviews honest since you get the merchandise for free!' never realizing how that impugns my honesty in the question itself. Amazon is offering the two sets at very reasonable prices (cheaper than the WB Shop I can tell you!) and if you want to relive a simpler time with values that should be taught in all times then these movies are for you. Many young MGM stars of the time that went on to bigger and better parts and movies and stardom are cycled through these films and you'll always be surprised by who shows up. It's entertainment pure and simple.
Trust me on this one. I know my movies.
This volume does NOT include:
1. A Family Affair (1937)
2. Judge Hardy's Children (1938)
3. Love Finds Andy Hardy
4. The Hardys Ride High (1939)
5. Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
6. The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
7. Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
8. Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
9. Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
10. Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
Still no volume 2 as of 1/24/2013, but some ARE available on Amazon Instant Video. I wish volume 2 would come out!
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