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Not To Be Continued


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Nobody?s ever been really sure, if the 1958, MGM revival of ?Andy Hardy Comes Home? was meant to renew the film series that had made beloved Mickey Rooney a major star. Twenty years later and what original cast members could be found, MGM decided on taking a little gamble by bringing back the whole Andy Hardy family. The only member missing was old ?Judge Hardy,? who was once in the guise of renowned actor Lewis Stone. The studio wasn?t exactly going all out with this project, since there were other more distinguished productions underway. So, in a move that was typical in marketing terms, the new Andy Hardy film was pretty much a B-movie. The film ended up in and around local neighborhood theaters and the drive-in theater circuit. It was believed this motion picture could possibly have its important fan base within ?Middle-America? and no so much the major film markets of the big city.

 

It?s interesting that when viewing this film, one senses it has more of a made-for-television production feel to it than even a small B-movie. MGM utilized some of the original (still standing) sets or the original Andy Hardy neighborhood as conceived by the studio twenty years earlier. As simplistic as the movie appeared to most, its homespun atmosphere simply didn?t equate so well with the current movie going public. Truth was that this sort of entertainment was now for free all over television. So, why would most of Middle-America bother to pay anywhere from 25 to 50 cents a ticket? And, adding even more of a paradoxical situation for this motion picture was that the old Andy Hardy movies were being aired regularly on television. Newer, younger audiences might have found the Andy Hardy films amusing and fun on television, but most weren?t going to bother with a trip to their local theater to see this sugarcoated, rather over sentimental movie that only had a limited appeal. The motion picture would only have interest with those older audiences, who were the film series original younger fans.

 

The original film series was the brain-child of studio Boss Louie B. Mayer. He went out of his way to sort of prove his love for the American work-ethic and good-old family values. Certainly, the Andy Hardy movies were for their time, a defining factor to American society. Whether the films succeed in any category to enlighten the public to the virtues of our American way of life is probably debatable; naturally, there is a sense of myth to the Andy Hardy films, sighting a feeling life in the town of Carvel was more a fantasy than reality. This myth comes to its full extreme, when the deceased actor Lewis Stone (Judge Hardy) is seen in a hanging portrait and a visual flashback. In fact, cleverly inserted into the movie are old Andy Hardy film-clips used throughout the entire film. An air of wonderful nostalgia hovers over this last Andy Hardy movie, creating a rather loving effect, at least for die-hard fans of the series. The plain and assertive truth to ?Andy Hardy Comes Home? is the movie being simply dated to a pronounced way of not being able to link the past with the present or maybe even the future. At the end of the film appeared: ?To Be Continued.? Well, something went terribly wrong and the series was never rejuvenated. There have been all sorts of theories as to why MGM didn?t go ahead with a sequel. Most likely, the issue was the rather lame box-office response that in the end told the story. As for Mickey Rooney, Andy Hardy or no Andy Hardy, he would never attain the glory of his once major star status. Whether this movie was aimed towards this idea is another weird and outlandish theory; Mickey?s major film career was pretty much over by the time he made the last Andy Hardy movie; he would for the rest of his career, be subjugated to a supporting player status in major film production.

 

Edited by: MovieProfessor on May 1, 2010 11:09 PM

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MovieProfesser wrote:

<< At the end of the film appeared: ?To Be Continued.? Well, something went terribly wrong and the series was never rejuvenated. >>

 

Don't you hate when *that* happens. A similair thing happened with the series "Crusade". It ended suddenly without proper conclusion.

 

Maybe (Andy Hardy) is something as simple as Louie B. Mayer forgot to remind himself.

 

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> MovieProfesser wrote:

> << At the end of the film appeared: To Be Continued. Well, something went terribly wrong and the series was never rejuvenated. >>

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> Don't you hate when *that* happens. A similair thing happened with the series "Crusade". It ended suddenly without proper conclusion.

 

Same thing with Ralph Bakshi's animated The Lord of The Rings (1978)...the movie ends with the voiceover "So ends our first adventure of The Lord of The Rings"...they never made another one.

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