Love Finds Andy Hardy rises above the standard not only of its predecessors, but also of most of [MGM’s] most expensive features”

The fourth entry in the “Judge Hardy’s Family” series of sixteen films (1937-1958) is widely held as the most typical and successful of them all. Mickey Rooney’s hypermatic teenager ricochets from problem to problem: two dates (Lana Turner and Ann Rutherford) for the Christmas Eve dance, an eight-dollar (!) debt on his purchase of a used car, and the illness of his grandmother.

Visiting girl-next-door Garland sings three songs (including Roger Edens’ archetypical “In-Between”) and saves the day in her most endearing pre-Oz portrayal.