Rotten Tomatoes
Cancel Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

Life Begins for Andy Hardy

1941 1h 40m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 55% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
After high school graduation, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) reconsiders going on to college to follow in the footsteps of his father, Judge James Hardy (Lewis Stone). Persuading his parents to allow him to spend the summer in New York City, Andy drives there with wealthy friend Betsy Booth (Judy Garland). Unable to find a job immediately, Andy lets his small allowance be taken by a gold digger, but he writes home that all is well. After Betsy finds Andy sleeping in a park, she reports to the judge. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

View All (1) Critics Reviews
Sean Axmaker Parallax View ...a little Hardy noir: a homeless kid that Andy hides in his boarding house room dies, an apparent suicide in the wake of shattered dreams. This is a real education for Andy... Feb 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

View All (5) audience reviews
Audience Member Amazingly adult entry in the series, taking on themes such as suicide; Judy Garland (in a non-singing role) lends fine support. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member TV says this is the 10th in the series not 11th Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Classy. Judy Garland without a parking space. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny movie... Too bad we know Andy doesn't end up with Betsy Booth at the end... Maybe if that had happened the last few Andy movies would have been a success too... Still great cute funny movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Darker undertones and profound statements on love make this the best of the series. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
Life Begins for Andy Hardy

My Rating

Read More Read Less POST RATING WRITE A REVIEW EDIT REVIEW

Cast & Crew

Movie Info

Synopsis After high school graduation, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) reconsiders going on to college to follow in the footsteps of his father, Judge James Hardy (Lewis Stone). Persuading his parents to allow him to spend the summer in New York City, Andy drives there with wealthy friend Betsy Booth (Judy Garland). Unable to find a job immediately, Andy lets his small allowance be taken by a gold digger, but he writes home that all is well. After Betsy finds Andy sleeping in a park, she reports to the judge.
Director
George B. Seitz
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Dec 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 40m