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Out West With the Hardys

Released Nov 25, 1938 1h 24m Comedy List
Reviews 38% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
When life starts getting rough for Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) and his family in their small town, they decide to move out west to aid their friends who have been caught in a dispute over water rights. The Hardy's have a hard time settling in to the new town when son Andy (Mickey Rooney) causes an accident that injures a child's horse and daughter Marian (Cecilia Parker) falls for an older man. The Hardys must now make amends, save their friends' ranch and save their own fortune as well. Read More Read Less
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Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) It is amazing to see how well M.G.M . sustains the standard of the series. "Out West With the Hardys," as well as being the latest, is the best. Oct 14, 2020 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View ...Rooney's smart aleck patter, comic smugness and blithe confidence trumps the generic script... Feb 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member About Time I Saw One of These Sometimes, my search through film is kind of like a scavenger hunt. I only need to see one of a specific type of film, if it's iconic but bad. I've seen Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Put On a Show in the Barn, and I don't need to see that a second time. If ever that's the plot to a movie I get, I know I'm done and don't need to watch it. Similarly, I knew I needed to watch at least one movie featuring the Hardy family. These films were part of what made Mickey Rooney the biggest box office draw of the time; even if each of these movies did so-so business, there were three of them in 1938 alone, and he was also in [i]Boys' Town[/i] the same year. He played the role nineteen times in twenty-one years. I mean, that's a lot of these movies, and you can't really study film without having seen at least one of them. However, all you have to see is one so far as I'm concerned. The Hardy family is going along in what I assume to be their normal fashion. Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) is presiding over court cases in a magisterial fashion. Mrs. Hardy (Fay Holden) is spring cleaning and is fairly upset that no one seems interested in helping her. Andy (Mickey Rooney) has just gotten a letter in basketball, and he's being fairly obnoxious about it, thinking it makes him a Big Man. (Despite only being 5'2"; in some ways, his basketball prowess is even more impressive!) Marian (Cecilia Parker) is slightly at odds with her perpetual boyfriend Dennis Hunt (Don Castle). Out of the blue, the judge gets a letter from an old flame, Dora Northcote (Nana Bryant). She's having trouble with water rights on her ranch, and she invites the Hardy clan out to join her in the apparent hopes that the judge can solve all her problems. Why she can't find a lawyer a little closer to him, I cannot say. Anyway, Andy tries to be tough and experienced, and Marian falls for ranch foreman Ray Holt (Gordon Jones), and so forth. I see no good reason for Dora Northcote to be the judge's old flame. I suppose it was the best explanation they could come up with as to why the Hardy family goes out west to help her with her problems. However, I find it much more reasonable had the family just been taking an ordinary vacation or some such and gotten entangled with the situation because they're basically decent people who want to do what's right. The whole thing about the judge and Dora and the Indian blanket and so forth was, I think, intended to be charming and heartwarming, but to me, it was just tedious. Of course, I'm not of the same generation as "Jake" Holt (Virginia Weidler), even, much less the elder Hardys, but I'm reasonably sure that my grandmothers (closer in age to Mickey Rooney and the others) would have found the thing corny. Of course, all of my grandparents died before I ever got a chance to discuss Andy Hardy movies with them, and even if they hadn't, it isn't high on my list of priorities. I will say that I found Andy's sudden (according to the other characters) egocentrism to be completely believable. Oh, in my high school, you didn't have to do anything special to get a letter in basketball. You just had to be on the team. So that's apparently different from how it works in Andy's school. Andy made some impressive move or another that won the game for the team, and he's justifiably proud of it. However, it doesn't take a teenaged boy long to go from "justifiably proud" to "insufferably conceited." (Or a teenaged girl, come to that.) The more people congratulate him on whatever-it-was, the more he thinks that it's the most important thing anyone has ever done. And before you know it, he's impossible to be around. I've seen it happen; I'm sure everyone has. Usually, something happens to bring the person back to Earth, but I've known people basically coasting on high school glory their whole lives, and Andy's lucky to be brought down to Earth by the end of the picture. Oh, I'm sure something happened in 1939's [i]The Hardys Ride High[/i] to make Andy insufferable again. Doubtless there was also some quarrel between Marian and Dennis, which was also resolved by the end of the picture. This is why I don't feel much need to see any of the others. The reason these films were so popular was that they were comfortable and familiar. The series pretty much ended with the end of World War II, after the old, familiar things didn't feel the same anymore. There was, much later, a film wherein Andy went back home, and I'm guessing he found out that it was the same again after all those years. Whether Andy himself was is a bigger question, probably. I might seek out the movie just to see if I'm right about the mood of the whole thing. However, Mickey Rooney's career pretty much crashed in the same way as the series, because the world changed, and there's only so much Mickey Rooney and Andy Hardy could change with it, so far as the public was concerned. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Andy nearly loses Polly. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The Hardy family visits a ranch in this installment of the popular film series. Andy (Mickey Rooney)'s ego is out of control after he wins a basketball letter, making him think he can do anything. Naturally, Dad (Lewis Stone) gives him plenty of rope, allowing him to do anything he wants for a week. Andy's sister Marion (Cecilia Parker) falls in love again, this time with a handsome farmhand (Gordon Jones). Formulaic, but the life lessons have more gravity than you might expect. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When life starts getting rough for Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) and his family in their small town, they decide to move out west to aid their friends who have been caught in a dispute over water rights. The Hardy's have a hard time settling in to the new town when son Andy (Mickey Rooney) causes an accident that injures a child's horse and daughter Marian (Cecilia Parker) falls for an older man. The Hardys must now make amends, save their friends' ranch and save their own fortune as well.
Director
George B. Seitz
Screenwriter
Agnes Christine Johnston, William Ludwig, Kay Van Riper
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 25, 1938, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 24m
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