Judge Hardy and Son
Starring: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden
When an elderly couple is faced with eviction, Judge Hardy unleashes Carvel’s secret weapon: his son, the irrepressible Andy Hardy! Suspecting that the couple (character great Maria Ouspenskaya alongside Egon Brecher) is concealing the existence of an estranged daughter Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) tasks Andy (Mickey Rooney) with finding that daughter. Acting on a hunch, Andy decides to investigate any local girls who have the middle initial “V”. Narrowing the field to three, Andy finds himself juggling romances while trying to stay true to real gal pal Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford). But things take a sudden serious turn for the worse when Andy’s beloved mother (Fay Holden) falls seriously ill. Studio chief Louis Mayer had a personal interest in the Andy Hardy series, crafting the town of Carvel into his own ideal of Americana. Andy’s deeply moving heartfelt prayer for the health of his mother has been attributed to Mr. Mayer, himself!