This was Judy's first appearance in a Hardy family film. She would appear in two more: (1940) and (1941). She would be the only guest star to appear in three episodes. There were character players that appeared more than twice (e.g., Margaret Early), but not guest stars.
This was Judy's second outing with Mickey Rooney. They would be in a total of 10 films together, eight of which were made specifically for them. See the here on
made her official MGM screen debut in this picture.
This was not 's first appearance as Andy's girlfriend, Polly Benedict, as is often stated. Miss Rutherford
appeared as Polly in the first regular series episode, You're Only Young Once, and continued as a regular throughout most of the series. See page for
One of the most popular series of all time, Love Finds Andy Hardy was the fourth of the (there would be a total of 16),
and is now generally considered to be the best of the series. The series was awarded an Oscar "for its achievement in representing the American way of life."
Judy was nearly dropped from the film when she suffered three broken ribs, a sprained back and a punctured lung in an automobile accident on May 24, 1938 (see the magazine article, ""). The studio was not sure it could wait for her to recuperate, but - ever the trouper - she was back to work on June 11, the day after her 16th birthday, and completed her scenes in two weeks. Can you imagine
singing and acting with broken ribs?!?
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