Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1938. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by William Ludwig, based on characters created by Aurania Rouverol, from the stories by Vivien R. Bretherton. Cinematography by Lester White. Produced by Lou L. Ostrow, Carey Wilson. Music by David Snell. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Jeanne Beakhurst. Film Editing by Ben Lewis.
Plucky young Andy Hardy is back once again, and his ridiculous adventures in romance are the centre of this painfully pure comedy. The drama it revolves around is a big dance, where Andy means to take his steady girl Polly (Ann Rutherford) as his date but is now alone because she’s gone home for the Christmas holidays. When his friend asks him to keep girlfriend Lana Turner busy in order to make sure that she doesn’t go out with other boys while he’s gone, even offering to pay our hero for the job, Andy takes advantage of the opportunity to make some money to buy a new car. Having promised to take Turner to the dance, he gets into a huge jam when Rutherford announces that she will now be able to attend the dance after all—what’s a stucky guy to do with two hot babes vying for his courtly arm? The most notable aspect of this trite musical is the series’ first appearance of Betsy Booth (Judy Garland), who gets in a few good songs before and after Mickey pushes her off to the side.