Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
MGM, 1940 (BW, 89 minutes, Production No. 1139)
Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy and Judy Garland as Betsy Booth remind us once again why they were the most beloved musical and comedy team of their time. Fresh from her work on The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland performs two
musical hits, "Alone" and "Nobody's Baby". Andy is infatuated with a beautiful New York debutante, and when Judge Hardy has to go to New York to resolve a lawsuit threatening their hometown orphanage, Andy tags along - causing sparks to fly when he meets
yet another 'special crush'."
[MGM Television press sheet]
Producer: J. J. Cohn (not included in credits on film)
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Screen Play by: Annalee Whitmore and Thomas Seller
Based Upon the Characters Created by Aurania Rouverol
Musical Program: "Alone" (by) , ; "I'm Nobody's Baby" (by) , ,
Musical Score: David Snell
Musical Conductor: Georgie Stoll
Musical Arrangements: Roger Edens
Vocal and Orchestration: Arnaud, Salinger, Van Eps, Heglin
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons
Associate: Gabriel Scognamillo
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Wardrobe by: Dolly Tree
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Directors of Photography: Sidney Wagner, Charles Lawton
Film Editor: Harold F. Kress
Filmed: February 1940 - April 1940 (Judy was 17 years old)
Released: July 1940
... Judge James K. Hardy
... Andy Hardy
... Marian Hardy
... Mrs. Hardy
... Betsy Booth
... Polly Benedict
... Daphne Fowler
... Aunt Milly
... George Benedict
... Mr. Carrillo
... Head Waiter
Additional Cast: [Betsy's Butler], [Prentiss,
Betsy's Chauffeur], [Mrs. Desmond Fowler], [Mrs.
Hackett, Daphne's Secretary], [Davis, Daphne's Butler], [Waiter], [Doorman],
[Photographer], [Taxi Driver], [Sirocco
Club Patron], [Elevator Boy], [Insurance
Investigator], [Cigarette Girl], [Carriage Coachman],
[0:41] (sung by Judy Garland)
[1:15] (sung by Judy Garland)
[cut] (sung by Judy Garland)
[cut] (sung by Judy Garland)
This was Judy's second appearance as Betsy Booth in the . Previously, she had appeared in (1938), and in 1941 she would appear in her final episode, . Judy was the only guest star to appear in three episodes. As was so often the case, she
played a part much younger than herself. Judy was 17 during filming and turned 18 before the film was released, but her character - Betsy Booth - was only 15 years old.
Two of Judy's songs were cut - "All I Do Is Dream of You" was cut before release and "Buds Won't Bud" was cut following the preview. "I'm Nobody's Baby" became Judy's next chart hit for Decca.
Several sources refer to this film as being the one in which Mickey and Judy share their first screen kiss. However, this is not true - their first (and Judy's first) was in , 1939.
All four songs, including the two cut from the film, are included on the MGM/UA Home Video laser disc box set "Judy Garland: The Golden Years at M-G-M," MGM/UA (1994).
See for information about the latest releases of home video and sountrack.
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"Mickey Rooney thrives on his ability and determination to steal anything up to a death scene from a colleague. Some of cinemactor Stone's heartiest chuckles may be explained by the fact that 17 year old Judy Garland,
growing prettier by the picture and armed for this one with two good songs, "Alone" and "I'm Nobody's Baby", treats Mickey with a dose of his own medicine."
- Time, July 22, 1940
"With second appearance of Judy Garland in the series indicating that she might move in for regular assignment later, if the Rooney-Garland duo might be required to strengthen later issues ... Miss Garland is prominent and
lovely as the adoring girl friend in the big city."
- Variety, July 3, 1940
"Neither Rooney nor Miss Garland has ever turned in a more carefully-etched portrayal"
Mrs. Hardy: "Andrew, we'll meet you and your father at the station. And be there early because the engineer may be in a hurry to start!"
Mrs. Hardy: "There, you see, Andy, even in New York a nice girl thinks more about growing up to be a good housewife than dancing the rumble."
Betsy: "I expect to live and die a bachelor."
Francis: "You said a mouthful, toots!"
Betsy (to Andy): "Oh, you and trouble just naturally gravitate to each other, don't you?"
Betsy: "Oh, why are some men so dumb?"
Betsy: "Whenever I get disillusioned, I always get a pain in my stomach."
Betsy: "Oh, listen, I've got a song that if it doesn't wake Andy Hardy up, he must be made out of concrete!"
Betsy: "Maybe I wasn't as swell when I was in Carvel, or maybe you just didn't notice."
Betsy: "If you mean that, maybe you'd better kiss me, even if we both don't want to."
Betsy: "I'll bet ya Polly Benedict couldn't be glamorous with a shiny nose!"
Andy: "How one's women do mount up!"