Andy Hardy's Private Secretary

1941

Comedy / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 466

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Cast

Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy
Kathryn Grayson as Kathryn Land
Sara Haden as Aunt Milly
Todd Karns as Harry Land
720p.WEB
928.73 MB
968*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10

Graduation At Carvel High

In the tenth of sixteen Andy Hardy films it was decided to finally let Mickey Rooney graduate from Carvel High School. That event centers around all the plot situations in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary.

Hiring of a private secretary comes about through some bad bookkeeping by class president Mickey Rooney. When he hires a secretary, pretty Kathryn Grayson, the problems of her family which consists of father Ian Hunter and brother Todd Karns get intertwined with the Hardys. Fortunately wise old Lewis Stone as Judge Hardy is there to straighten it all out.

This film was Kathryn Grayson's feature film debut and she has a couple of opera arias delivered in fine style. Naturally she's the hit of the graduation.

One of the big problems is that Rooney involved that he is almost doesn't graduate because he flunks the final exam in English. Making matters worse was the English teacher is his aunt Sara Haden. But of course that too is resolved.

Was there ever a place as perfect as Carvel? Next to it George Bailey's Bedford Falls is positively sin city and that's before the angel does his thing.

Even Ann Rutherford as loyal girlfriend Polly Benedict takes Rooney back once again. Half, maybe more than half the Hardy films have Rooney getting involved with another girl like Grayson only to have Ann Rutherford take him back. Why she didn't give Mickey his walking papers permanently is one of the mysteries of the silver screen.

Still Andy Hardy's Private Secretary with its featured singing of Kathryn Grayson is a good example of why the series was so popular with Americans. Places like Carvel just had to exist somewhere in the USA.

Reviewed by toolkien 7 / 10

Pleasant installment with issue

Most of the Hardy movies has a bit of the conservatives call "bleeding heart" element to them. It isn't ever too preachy, and it isn't here either, but it does tend to stretch a bit of the credulity when the people on the "wrong side of the tracks" are a gorgeous opera singer, a handsome, intelligent Harry Bailey of It's a Wonderful Life in another role, and an erudite, handsome father needing a second chance. Not exactly Dead End Kids material. It was toward the end of the depression where everyone down on their luck it wasn't their fault. But there are limits of suspension of disbelief.

The rest of the installment is standard fare - the girl trouble, the car trouble, the light drama (of the later installments anyway), a bit of choppiness in the unfolding of the story lines - a pleasant way to spend an hour and a half.

Reviewed by utgard14 7 / 10

"You'll find out that five dollars worth of last year's troubles are never as serious as ten cents worth of today's."

It's time for Andy Hardy to graduate high school in this tenth entry in the wonderful MGM Hardy family series. In this one, big-headed Andy (Mickey Rooney) is so busy planning the graduation festivities that he neglects his studies and fails a big test, putting him in danger of not graduating. Enter his new friends Kathryn and Harry Land (Kathryn Grayson, Todd Karns) and good ol' Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford) to help him pass the big test to graduate. In addition to this drama, Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) try to help out Kathryn's dad (Ian Hunter), an international travel agent struggling to find work in small town Carvel. But Andy causes problems here, too.

Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone are both in top form, as is the ever-adorable Ann Rutherford. For many fans of the Hardy series, this is one of the least liked entries. It's a long one (101 minutes) that juggles several different elements when it probably should have stuck to just a couple. It was also meant as a showcase for cute Kathryn Grayson, who makes her film debut here. There's the expected opera singing from her, if that floats your boat. She's the secretary of the film's title, by the way. Ian Hunter and Todd Karns both do great work as her father and brother. The problem is there's just a little too much focus on these guest stars. Fay Holden (Mrs. Hardy) gets only a few scenes and Cecilia Parker (sister Marian) is totally absent. Sara Haden's Aunt Milly does get a little more to do than usual, however, as she figures into the plot about Andy's flunking in a slightly contrived way. Still, despite some flaws, I happen to enjoy this one. The scene where Judge Hardy is driving Andy's jalopy is a hoot. I won't spoil it for you but it's one of my favorite scenes from any of the Hardy films. Another memorable scene has Andy dressed up as a Greek god in the graduation play he was putting on.

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