Love Finds Andy Hardy

  • MGM, 1938, B/W, 92 minutes, ***½
  • Released July, 1938

Little Judy Garland turns in a charming performance in her first outing as Betsy Booth in the Andy Hardy series. Even though she’s “just a child” (as Andy says), she manages to manipulate Andy into taking her to the Christmas dance where she wows him with her singing talent. Judy laments her awkward age in “In-Between,” and sings rousing renditions of “It Never Rains But What It Pours” and “Meet the Beat of My Heart.” Lana Turner also turns in a fine performance as Cynthia Potter. Definitely one of the best episodes of the Andy Hardy series!

Details

  • Producer: Carey Wilson (uncredited)
  • Director: George B. Seitz
  • Screenplay: William Ludwig (based on stories by Vivian B. Bretherton and characters by Aurania Rouverol)
  • Musical Score: David Snell
  • Song Score: Mack Gordon and Harry Revel, Roger Edens
  • Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Stan Rogers
  • Wardrobe: Jeanne
  • Sound: Douglas Shearer
  • Cinematography: Lester White
  • Film Editing: Ben Lewis

Cast

  • Lewis Stone [Judge James K. Hardy]
  • Mickey Rooney [Andrew Hardy]
  • Cecilia Parker [Marian Hardy]
  • Fay Holden [Mrs. Hardy]
  • Judy Garland [Betsy Booth]
  • Lana Turner [Cynthia Potter]
  • Ann Rutherford [Polly Benedict]
  • Mary Howard [Mrs. Tompkins]
  • Gene Reynolds [Jimmy MacMahon]
  • Don Castle [Dennis Hunt]
  • Betty Ross Clarke [Aunt Milly]
  • Marie Blake [Augusta]
  • George Breakston [Francis Bacon Anderson, “Beezy”]
  • Raymond Hatton [Peter Dugan]
  • Frank Darien [Bill Collector]

Musical Program

  • [0:42] In-Between (sung by Judy Garland)
  • [1:20] It Never Rains But What It Pours (sung by Judy Garland)
  • [1:23] Meet the Beat of My Heart (sung by Judy Garland)