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Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever(1939)

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The opening credits read, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's Family," with a photograph of the four "Hardy Family" members superimposed with their respective character names and the names of the actors who portray them. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, director W. S. Van Dyke innovated a new camera technique on the picture in which he used a mobile camera boom on every shot instead of a tripod, requiring ten men to work on photography. M-G-M publicity materials for the film note that the reason why the mobile camera was used was to save time between takes. This was was first Hardy Family film for Van Dyke. The first six films were all directed by George B. Seitz. Seitz returned to the series for the next film, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (see below). News items also note that this was the debut film of Diane Quillan, the youngest member of the Quillan acting family, although her participation in the released film has not been confirmed. It was also the first film of Helen Gilbert, formerly a member of M-G-M's studio orchestra. Another news item mentioned that forty local high school students worked on the set of the picture as "Mickey Rooney's school pals," and that they continued to take classes on the M-G-M lot during filming. Actor Sidney Miller, who also portayed the character "Sidney Miller," and Ivan Miller, who portrayed his father, "Mr. Miller," were father and son in real life. For additional information on films in the Hardy Family series, see the entry below for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index.