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Love Finds Andy Hardy

Released Jul 22, 1938 1h 30m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 74% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Young Andy (Mickey Rooney) expects a somewhat less than merry Christmas when he discovers his girlfriend, Polly (Ann Rutherford), is leaving town for the holiday. Prospects improve after Andy's best friend pays him to squire his girlfriend, Cynthia (Lana Turner), around while he is away. But when Polly returns earlier than expected, and Andy's neighbor Betsy (Judy Garland) shows up claiming to have a crush on him, Andy realizes that he has more girls than he can handle. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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John Kinloch California Eagle Love Finds Andy Hardy is the kind of picture you can take the children to see and not have to explain things. Fine entertainment. Oct 25, 2019 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Micky Rooney having wonderful time. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs Maybe small town America was never this ideal and maybe nobody grew up in such a perfect family, but thanks to Andy Hardy and company we can always remember it that way. Rated: 4/4 Nov 22, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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David K On the one hand, I feel odd about rating this thing four stars. On the other, this entry has so much great, young talent - Rooney, of course. Now layer on top of that the iconic Judy Garland and Lana Turner, and it's a must see for movie aficionados. Music is okay but Garland turns it into WOW. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/12/24 Full Review Audience Member Being a big Judy Garland fan, I completely enjoyed this performance by the whole cast. Fun up beat Christmas theme movie for the whole movie. Classic good feeling acting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Once again, MICKEY ROONEY is in all sorts of trouble and Judge Hardy is always there to get him out of it--or at least talk things over with him. And this time, the accent is on his girl troubles. It's kind of amusing just to see the pretty ANN RUTHERFORD and a very young LANA TURNER throwing themselves at Rooney the way they do--I mean, let's fact it, he was never a looker. Gone are the days when teens dressed like they do here--Rooney wearing a derby on a bright summer day and not a pair of jeans in sight. The script has Ann Rutherford's Polly going away on a Christmas visit to an aunt, which gives Rooney an excuse to discover Lana Turner's Cynthia at a swimming pool. She serves as his playmate for this particular Hardy story and it's easy to see why MGM kept her under contract for years to come. JUDY GARLAND is Betsy Booth, who announces right at the start that she's "going to be on the stage some day"--and was that a good prediction! She also gets to sing a few numbers in the now famous Garland style. The plot ambles along predictably and pleasantly, as most Hardy films do, and suffice it to say that Rooney's fling with Lana Turner is the most enjoyable aspect of the story and well played by both youngsters. But boy, could he mug! Yes, even then, he dispensed with some pretty extravagant bits of mugging that became more and more pronounced as the years went on. Some called it talent--others may have disagreed. Whatever it was, he was a very popular box-office star at the time this one was made. Summing up: Pleasant enough for Hardy fans, and certainly a reminder of how different times were for teens in the late '30s. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review ashley h Love Finds Andy Hardy is an okay film. It is about Andy who has problems raising the last payment for a used car and juggling three pretty girls. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland give decent performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. George B. Seitz did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and romance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Allen G Fast-paced entertainment, if you don't mind Mickey Rooney pretty much bouncing off the walls. Sixteen year old Judy Garland is charming. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/13/16 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Young Andy (Mickey Rooney) expects a somewhat less than merry Christmas when he discovers his girlfriend, Polly (Ann Rutherford), is leaving town for the holiday. Prospects improve after Andy's best friend pays him to squire his girlfriend, Cynthia (Lana Turner), around while he is away. But when Polly returns earlier than expected, and Andy's neighbor Betsy (Judy Garland) shows up claiming to have a crush on him, Andy realizes that he has more girls than he can handle.
Director
George B. Seitz
Producer
Lou L. Ostrow, Carey Wilson
Screenwriter
William Ludwig
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 22, 1938, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 30m
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