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Judge Hardy and Son

(B&W, 1939, 90 minutes)

In this episode Andy gets messed up with four girls! That must be some kind of record for anyone. But, in the Hardy way, he manages to "live till the fireworks start"...

It's like this - an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Volduzzi (Egon Brecher and Maria Ouspenskaya) come to see Judge Hardy in his chambers. They have been summoned to a hearing in the Judge's court because the finance company wants to foreclose on their mortgage and they will have no place to live. Mr. Valduzzi has been layed off from his job, and prospects for a new job don't look good. Judge Hardy asks if they have any sons or daughters, saying the court can compell their children to help out. They deny having any children, but the Judge knows people well and can read between the lines.

Meanwhile, Andy is having a really bad time with his car - the tires and inner-tubes have pretty much had it. Telling his dad of his troubles, Andy asks if the Judge will give him the money to buy new tubes. Judge Hardy counters that if he can help him find someone in the County of Carvel with the last name of Volduzzi, he will give him five bucks.

Andy likes that idea. He checks the school records and finds 17 people with a middle initial of V. He visits "Elvie" Horton, Euprasia Clark and Clarabell Lee. All but Elvie have a middle inital of V. Andy is a bit suspicious about Evlie, because when he asks her if her name is "L. V. Horton" she insist just a bit too much that it's "Elvie."

In the mean time, Phrasie Daisy threatens to tell Polly that she and Andy are having a romantic fling unless Andy takes her to the Fourth of July picnic. He has already asked Polly to go with him (in fact, she sold him the tickets). So what's a man to do?

And then there's the essay contest. Andy has written a swell essay about Alexander Hamilton. He was going to enter it in the contest until he found out that the prize is $50 for a girl and a set of encycolpaedias for a boy. He needs the 50 bucks for tires and various and sundry debts and expenses! So he tries to get each of the girls to enter the essay and then split the winnings.

As usual, Andy gets himself embroiled in a reall mess. How is he going to get out of this one? And will the real Volduzzi please stand up??

Directed by: George B. Seitz
Assistant Director: Tom Andre
Produced by: Lou L. Ostrow
Production Management: Arthur Gerson
Screenplay by: Carey Wilson
Based on the characters created by Aurania Rouverol
Musical Score by: David Snell
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associate: Wade B. Rubottom
Wardrobe: Vicki Nichols
Makeup: Neil Wakeman
Photographed by: Lester White
Film Editor: Ben Lewis
Released: December, 1939

Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Lewis Stone ... Judge Hardy
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marian Hardy
Ann Rutherford ... Polly Benedict
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly
June Preisser ... Euphrasia Clark ("Phrasie Daisy")
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mrs. Volduzzi
Henry Hull ... Dr. Jones
Martha O'Driscoll ... Leonora V. Horton ("Elvie")
Leona Maricle ... Mrs. Horton
Margaret Early ... Clarabelle Lee
George Breakston ... "Beezy" Anderson
Egon Brecher ... Mr. Volduzzi
Edna Holland ... Nurse Trowbridge
Marie Blake ... Augusta
Erville Alderson ... Bailiff
Ernie Alexander ... Court Clerk
James B. Carson ... Mogilby
Cliff Clark ... Officer O'Shea
Jack Mulhall ... Intern
Milton Parsons ... Florist
Joe Yule ... Munk

Judge Hardy and Son
Judge Hardy and Son

Judge Hardy and Son
Lewis Stone and Mickey Rooney

Judge Hardy and Son
Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford)

Judge Hardy and Son
Elvie Horton (Martha O'Driscoll)

Judge Hardy and Son
Clarabelle Lee (Margaret Early)

Judge Hardy and Son
Euphrasia Clark (June Preisser)

Judge Hardy and Son
Joe Yule and Mickey Rooney

Judge Hardy and Son
Andy and his jalopy

Judge Hardy and Son
Elvie grows up in one day!

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Crew and Cast credits from film title reel; additional cast from various sources.

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