Andy's Jangled Nerves (Aired October 17, 1950)
Though many of the plots revolved around teenager Andy's romantic misadventures, the central relationship in the movies was between Andy and his father. Judge Hardy, played by the grandfatherly-looking Stone, was a man of absolute morality and integrity, but behind his stern demeanor was a gentle humanitarian with a droll sense of humor. A typical plot involved Andy getting into minor trouble with money or girls, usually because of youthful selfishness and a slight willingness to fudge the truth. But after a "man-to-man" talk with his father, Andy would listen to his own better nature and do the right thing, assuring a happy ending. In three films, Rooney was paired with Judy Garland, beginning with Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), and continuing with Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) and Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941). The Andy Hardy series also served as a platform for MGM to introduce new performers, some of whom became stars themselves. As examples, Love Finds Andy Hardy featured Lana Turner in one of her first film appearances, while Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) launched Kathryn Grayson's movie career, and Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) marked the screen debut of Esther Williams. THIS EPISODE: October 17, 1950. Program #49. MGM syndication. Commercials added locally. Andy takes up knitting to soothe his Jangled Nerves. The date above is the date of first broadcast on WMGM, New York City. Pattee Chapman, Richard Crenna, Aurania Rouverol (creator), Eleanor Tanin, Fay Holden, Frank Gerstle, Jack McCoy (announcer), Jameson Brewer (writer), Jerry Fielding (composer, conductor), Joe Bigelow (director), Lee Brooks, Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney. 26:14. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.