The Andy Hardy Series

Judy and Mickey on the set of Love Finds Andy Hardy
Provided by Kim Lundgreen.  Thanks, Kim!

Judy Garland made only three appearances in the “Andy Hardy” series. However, due to her success in the films, along with her chemistry with co-star Mickey Rooney, and the popularity of the seven other films they made together, most people assume that she was in all of the films in the series or at least more.

Judy played Betsy Booth, the [visiting] girl-next-door whom Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) barely notices until the end of the films, excepting her last series appearance in Life Begins For Andy Hardy (1941). The role is really a “throw-away” for Judy and her talents, but it gave her a chance to initially gain more exposure with moviegoers, sing a few popular songs and, more importantly, work with Rooney.  She was able to hone her acting skills as well, assisted by Rooney’s guidance and friendship. The “Betsy Booth” character helped MGM form Judy’s screen image as the sweet and virginal girl-next-door, which would prove to be an important aspect of her connection with audiences.

The series itself was hugely popular, the most popular being the three that Judy appeared in. The quintessential Hardy film, the one that most people remember as the best example of the series, is the one with Judy’s first appearance Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). All of the elements are there, Andy’s dilemma with girls, the “man to man” talks with Dad, and the happy resolve of all the dramatics at the end of the film, and lessons learned.

Front row: Sarah Haden, Lewis Stone, Fay holden
Back row: Celica Parker, Ann Rutherford, Judy Garland, Gene Reynolds, Lana Turner, Mickey Rooney

LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY (1938 – Production No. 1050)

Judy’s first appearance as Betsy Booth, visiting the fictional town of Carvel right next door to Andy and his family.

Judy made the film between April and June of 1938, just a few months after Variety announced on February 24th that MGM would make a film of The Wizard Of Oz with Judy as the star.

During filming, on May 23, 1938, Judy was in a car accident which sprained her back, punctured a lung, and gave her three broken ribs. A testament to her recuperative powers, she bounced back and returned to the Hardy set on June 11, 1938, the day after her sixteenth birthday.

This was Judy’s second pairing with Mickey Rooney.

The film was released July 22, 1938.

CAST:

Lewis Stone as Judge James K. Hardy

Mickey Rooney as Andrew Hardy

Cecilia Parker as Marian Hardy

Fay Holden as Mrs. Hardy

Judy Garland as Betsy Booth

Lana Turner as Cynthia Potter

Ann Rutherford as Polly Benedict

Mary Howard as Mrs. Tompkins

Gene Reynolds as Jimmy MacMahon

Don Castle as Dennis Hunt

Betty Ross Clarke as Aunt Milly

Marie Blake as Augusta

George Breakston as Francis Bacon Anderson (“Beezy”)

Raymond Hatton as Peter Du

CREW:

Producer: Carey Wilson

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

SONGS:

It Never Rains But What It Pours” & “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” (outtake) (both recorded June 21, 1938).
Note: “It Never Rains But What It Pours” is the earliest known Garland recording that exists in stereo. MGM recorded utilizing microphones placed in multiple angles that were then mixed together to create a balanced mono track for the finished films. Many of these multiple angles survive and have since been remixed utilizing today’s technology to true stereo.

In Between” (listen to the remastered film version here) & “Meet The Beat Of My Heart” (both recorded June 24, 1938).

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ANDY HARDY MEETS DEBUTANTE (1940 – Production No. 1139)

Judy’s second appearance in the series. This time Betsy is in New York, with Andy visiting, meeting, and falling for the debutante of the title.

Judy filmed her scenes between February and April, 1940, while also filming Strike Up The Band.

The film was released in July of 1940.

Check out the special “novelization” of the film in July 1940 “Screenland Magazine!” (PDF file).

CAST:

Lewis Stone as Judge James K. Hardy

Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy

Cecilia Parker as Marian Hardy

Fay Holden as Mrs. Hardy

Judy Garland as Betsy Booth

Ann Rutherford as Polly Benedict

Diana Lewis as Daphne Fowler

George Breakston as Beezy

Sara Haden as Aunt Milly

Addison Richards as George Benedict

George Lessey as Underwood

Cy Kendall as Mr. Carrillo

Clyde Willson as Francis

Charles Coleman as Head Waiter

Additional Cast: Herbert Evans [Betsy’s Butler], John Merkyl [Prentiss, Betsy’s Chauffeur], Marjorie Gateson [Mrs. Desmond Fowler], Claire Du Brey [Mrs. Hackett, Daphne’s Secretary], Charles Trowbridge [Davis, Daphne’s Butler], Charles Wagenheim [Waiter], Arthur Belasco [Doorman], Lester Dorr [Photographer], Oscar “Dutch” Hendrian [Taxi Driver], Ethelreda Leopold [Sirocco Club Patron], Buddy Messinger [Elevator Boy], William Newell [Insurance Investigator], Sherrie Overton [Cigarette Girl], Thomas Pogue [Carriage Coachman], Edwin Stanley [Judge]

CREW:

Producer: Carey Wilson

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

SONGS:

I’m Nobody’s Baby” (recorded March 14, 1940)
One of Judy’s biggest hits for Decca Records (her Decca version recorded on April 10, 1940 peaked at #3 on the charts). An alternate take is on the CD “Judy Garland – Collector’s Gems From The MGM Films.” 

Buds Won’t Bud “(outtake – recorded March 14, 1940).

Alone” (recorded May 10, 1940)
Listen to the reprise here.

All I To Is Dream Of You” (outtake – recorded May 10, 1940)

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LIFE BEGINS FOR ANDY HARDY (1941 – Production No. 1193)

Judy’s final appearance in the series, and the only time in the series that a guest star (Judy) was billed above the title. This is an indication of just how much Judy’s star status had grown since her last appearance.

All of Judy’s songs recorded for the film were deleted. In the final film she only sings a brief a cappella version of “Happy Birthday.”

Judy filmed her portions between April and May, 1941, which overlapped with her beginning filming of Babes On Broadway.

The film was released in August of 1941.

During this time, on May 28, 1941, Judy and composer/conductor David Rose announced their engagement. They were married in Las Vegas on July 28, 1941. Rose was Judy’s first husband. She was nineteen years old.

CAST:

Lewis Stone as Judge James K. Hardy

Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy

Judy Garland as Betsy Booth

Fay Holden as Mrs. Hardy

Ann Rutherford as Polly Benedict

Sara Haden as Aunt Milly

Patricia Dane as Jennitt Hicks (“The Wolfess”)

Ray McDonald as Jimmy Frobisher

George Breakston as Beezy

Pierre Watkin as Dr. Waggoner

Frances Morris as Operator

Tommy Kelly as Chuck

Robert Winkler as Private

William Forrest as Commandant

Paul “Tiny” Newlan, Duke York as Truckmen

Arthur Loft, James Flavin as Policemen

Sidney Miller, Roger Daniel as Boys

Byron Shores as Jackson

Hollis Jewell as Ted

Charlotte Wynters as Elizabeth Norton

Bob Pittard as Delivery Boy

Lester Matthews as Mr. Maddox

Don Brodie as Clerk

John Harmon as Taxi Driver

Frank Ferguson as Stationer

Leonard Sues as Kelly

George Carleton as Florist

George Ovey as Janitor

Robert E. Homans as Watchman

William J. Holmes as Dr. Griffin

Manart Kippen as Rabbi Strauss

Ralph Byrd as Father Gallagher

Ann Morriss as Miss Dean

Mira McKinney as Miss Gomez

Nora Lane as Miss Howard

John Eldredge as Paul McWilliams

Joseph Crehan as Peter Dugan

Mary Jo Ellis as Drugstore Cashier

Yolande Mollot as Drugstore Waitress

Estelle Etterre as Secretary

Bess Flowers as Secretary

Kent Rogers as Tough Boy

Purnell Pratt as Dr. Storfen

CREW:

Produced by: Carey Wilson

Directed by: George B. Seitz

Screen Play by: Agnes Christine Johnson

Based Upon the Characters Created by Aurania Rouverol

Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll

Art Director: Cedric Gibbons

Associate: Harry McAfee

Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis

Gowns by: Kalloch

Recording Director: Douglas Shearer

Director of Photography: Lester White

Film Editor: Elmo Veron

SONGS:

America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee)” (recorded May 19, 1941)

Easy To Love” (recorded June 4, 1941)

Abide With Me” (recorded June 4, 1941)

The Rosary” (recorded June 4, 1941)

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Media

CDs

Judy Garland Lost Tracks 2 – 1936-1967” includes the following songs newly remastered:

In Between” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
Alternate version, Take 4

Meet The Beat Of My Heart(Love Finds Andy Hardy)
Alternate version, Take 9

I’m Nobody’s Baby” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
Alternate version, Take 8

America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee)” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)

Abide With Me” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
Stereo version

The Rosary” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
Stereo version

Easy To Love” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Stereo version

Judy Garland – Soundtracks” includes the following songs:

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)

In Between” (Love Finds Andy Hardy) – Premiere release of the remastered film version.

I’m Nobody’s Baby” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)

That’s Entertainment! The Ultimate Anthology of M-G-M Musicals” – This 2006 C boxed set featured the premiere release of the newly discovered complete outtake pre-recording of “Buds Won’t Bud” from Andy Hardy Meets Debutante.

Judy Garland – Collector’s Gems from The M-G-M Films” – This 1996 2-CD set featured the premiere release of many songs from Judy’s films sourced from the surviving pre-recording sessions including:

“In Between” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“It Never Rains, But What It Pours” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“Meet The Beat Of My Heart” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“I’m Nobody’s Baby” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“Alone” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“Easy To Love” (Life Begins For Andy Hardy)

Judy Garland – The Golden Years at M-G-M” – This 1994 set featured hours and hours of previously unreleased pre-recording session audio material for most of Judy’s films including:

“In Between” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“Meet The Beat of Heart” (Love Finds Andy Hardy)
“All I Do Is Dream of You” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“Buds Won’t Bud “(Andy Hardy Meets Debutante) – At the time of this release only the first part of the song was thought to have survived.  
“Alone” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“Alone” (reprise) (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“I’m Nobody’s Baby” (Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
“America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee)” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
“Easy To Love” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
“Easy To Love” (alternate take) (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
“Abide With Me” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)
“The Rosary” (Life Begins for Andy Hardy)