I usually catch the Andy Hardy movies in bits and pieces. They'll be on and I'll sit down and get hooked in from somewhere in the middle til the end. This one I caught from the beginning and I must say I'm constantly amazed by how entertaining these are, I'm going to give them a bit more effort going forward.
There are actually a few laugh out loud scenes early in this one between Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone and even Stone with Ian Hunter as they navigate a thunderstorm in Andy's jalopy.
Ann Rutherford's Polly takes a backseat through most of the picture to an extremely youthful Kathryn Grayson, making her film debut. The underprivileged Grayson, Hunter's daughter, plays the secretary of the title as Andy busies himself by taking on just about every extra-curricular task of his soon to be graduating class.
Judge Hardy sets to help out Hunter and his clan, Andy spoils it and then when he's already down about that he finds out from Aunt Milly that he's not going to graduate! Grayson sings opera throughout before snapping into a Cole Porter tune for Andy's benefit.
In summary, don't sneer at it, it's good stuff! Very funny and at times even touching, the youthful Grayson is a treat and Rooney is full-tilt as Andy in this, the 10th full Hardy feature by my count.
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