A Family Affair (1937 film)
A Family Affair is a 1937 American comedy film and the first entry in the sixteen Andy Hardy film series, though Mickey Rooney has a secondary role as the son of Judge Hardy, played by Lionel Barrymore. Lewis Stone and Fay Holden replaced Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington as Judge and Mrs. Hardy in the subsequent films of the series.
|A Family Affair|
|Directed by||George B. Seitz|
|Produced by||Lucien Hubbard|
|Written by||Kay Van Riper|
by Aurania Rouverol
|Music by||David Snell|
|Edited by||George Boemler|
The highly respected judge has to deal with family and political problems. The film was based on the play Skidding by Aurania Rouverol.
Judge James K. Hardy (Lionel Barrymore) hopes to be re-elected, but his campaign is put in jeopardy by his opposition to a wasteful public works program. Hardy and his family--wife Emily, adult daughters Joan and Marion, and teenage son Andy (Mickey Rooney)--live in Carvel, a small, fictional midwestern American town.
Spurned contractor Hoyt Wells and newspaper publisher Frank Redmond swear to block Hardy's re-election campaign. Frank agrees to use his paper, The Carvel Star, to publish disparaging stories about the family.
That evening Judge Hardy's daughter Marion returns home from college. Older daughter Joan Hardy Martin moves in as well, after a secret separation from her husband Bill. The family throws a party for returning Marion. At the party they are warned by a Star gossip columnist that only negative stories are going to be published about the family. Later that night teenaged Andy Hardy reluctantly takes his childhood sweetheart Polly to a party, and is pleasantly surprised by what a beautiful woman she has grown into. Marion has found love in Wayne Trent, an engineer who has come to town to work on the aqueduct. Facing the possibility of her boyfriend losing her job, she questions her father’s decision to block the construction.
Meanwhile, Joan confesses to her father that she and Bill are separated after she went to a roadhouse with another man. Although the encounter was innocent, Bill was enraged, and they soon separated.
The Carvel Star publishes an article stating that people are calling for Judge Hardy’s impeachment. Judge Hardy attempts to bring contempt of court proceeding against the Star.
- Lionel Barrymore as Judge James K. Hardy
- Cecilia Parker as Marion Hardy
- Eric Linden as Wayne Trent III
- Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy
- Charley Grapewin as Frank Redmond
- Spring Byington as Mrs. Emily Hardy
- Julie Haydon as Joan Hardy Martin
- Sara Haden as Aunt Milly Forrest
- Allen Vincent as William Booth Martin
- Margaret Marquis as Polly Benedict
- Selmer Jackson as Hoyt Wells
|Written by||Aurania Rouverol|
|Date premiered||21 May 1928|
|Place premiered||Bijou Theatre|
|Setting||The living room of Judge Hardy in a certain town in Idaho|
The movie was based on the play Skidding by Aurania Rouverol.
The film was made in the wake of the success of Ah, Wilderness! (1936). Many of the same cast from that movie returned.
- Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 324
- Internet Movie Database
- Skidding at IBDB
- Article on A Family Affair at Turner Classic Movies accessed 15 January 2014
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