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A Family Affair (1937)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 March 1937 (USA)
Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and ... See full summary »

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (play), Kay Van Riper (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Judge James K. Hardy
Cecilia Parker ... Marion Hardy
Eric Linden ... Wayne Trent III
Mickey Rooney ... Andy Hardy
Charley Grapewin ... Frank Redmond
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Emily Hardy
Julie Haydon ... Joan Hardy Martin
Sara Haden ... Aunt Milly Forrest
Allen Vincent ... William Booth 'Bill' Martin
Margaret Marquis ... Polly Benedict
Selmer Jackson ... Hoyt Wells
Harlan Briggs ... Oscar Stubbins
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Storyline

Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and his son, Andy discovers Polly Benedict. As usual, Judge Hardy is concerned with everyone in the family and lends wisdom and calmness to all. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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As American as "Yankee Doodle" - And Just As Swell! (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Broadway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Jan. 15,1938) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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This is the first of sixteen Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney, but the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy; Barrymore had to withdraw from the series because of mobility issues which confined him to a wheelchair for most of the remainder of his film career.. See more »

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Referenced in Cheers: Thanksgiving Orphans (1986) See more »

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Interesting Start to the Hardy Family
19 May 2004 | by grantchSee all my reviews

This was a charming movie which I unfortunately tuned into half way through, shown on Turner Classic Movies in the wee hours on May 19, 2004. I'll look for it again and tape it. I was surprised to see Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy. Very creditable performance. Probably he wasn't used again in the resultant series because of his ill health, but I'm just guessing. It was indeed a treat to see pre-December Bride Spring Byngton (how many of you readers can name her co-stars in that sit com?). And who can name the Western series she was featured in some 40 years ago? I digress. Turner has just started Judge Hardy's Children with Lewis Stone taking his rightful place as Judge Hardy. It's 4:32 am and I think I'm hooked on the students of Carvel High. Check out A Family Affair, you'll like it. Ted Turner must own the rights, so how about an Andy Hardy DVD box?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$190,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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