Andy Hardy's Double Life

Andy Hardy's Double Life is a 1942 comedy film directed by George B. Seitz. It was the thirteenth installment of MGM's enormously popular Andy Hardy film series starring Mickey Rooney as the title character.

Andy Hardy's Double Life
Directed byGeorge B. Seitz
Written byAurania Rouverol (characters)
Agnes Christine Johnston
StarringLewis Stone
Mickey Rooney
Cecilia Parker
Fay Holden
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 1942 (1942-12)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,647,000[1]

It was the feature film debut of Esther Williams.[2] It was the last Hardy film to include the character Polly Benedict, Andy's long-suffering sweetheart, as well as the last to feature Ann Rutherford (who had taken over the role of Polly in the second film of the series).


Preparing himself for college life, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) promises himself to put an end to his flirting ways and attempts to organize his finances by selling his old car. Things become complicated when his love interest Polly (Ann Rutherford) introduces him to a seductive psychology student (Esther Williams), while his friends continue to delay the payment for his automobile. Andy also tries his best to help his sister Marian (Cecilia Parker) with her own relationship problems and takes an interest in assisting his father Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) with a complicated case involving an injured boy (Bobby Blake).



According to MGM records the film earned $1,782,000 in the US and Canada and $865,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $1,499,000.[1][3]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
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