Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941)

Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1941)

Released: 1941
Genre: Comedy, Genre, Romance
Director: George B. Seitz
Starring: Fay Holden, Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, ,
Run time: 101 min
IMDb: 6.8/10
Country: USA
Views: 198366


Andy Hardy is about to graduate from high school and thinks he’s pretty big stuff, so he hires a secretary, Kathryn Land. Kathryn and Polly Benedict, Andy’s girlfriend, help him pass his English exam.
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User Reviews: In this 10th installment of the Andy Hardy series, Andy is class president and he’s spending a lot of time with the class secretary, Kathryn (Kathryn Grayson). Naturally, Polly (Ann Rutherford) is jealous, but that’s the least of the problems–it seems that Kathryn and her brother are going to be leaving the country just days before their graduation! So, Andy tries to fix things….and totally mucks it up! Additionally, he and the gang work on a school play, his car falls apart while Judge Hardy is driving it and Andy MIGHT not be graduating after all. As far as graduating goes, it IS about time as Mickey Rooney was 21 when he made this film*! If he doesn’t graduate soon, he’ll soon be collecting social security while still a student! None of it is really the least bit earth-shaking–just the usual family stuff you’ll see in an Andy Hardy film. It’s generally pleasant and entertaining with one exception. While Kathryn Grayson was lovely and enjoyable in the film, the studio’s insistence of having her sing an operatic piece 46 minutes into the film was just dreadful–the same with the song at the 87 minute mark. Some in the audience might have liked it but I suspect most used that time to either take a brief nap or get some popcorn!

*The not graduating angle never made a lot of sense. Andy’s supposed to be one of the top kids in his class yet did badly on his final English exam and failed. Odd–especially since Andy thought he was going to get an award for scholarship! Can Andy be this insane?! It just didn’t seem realistic.

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