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The opening credits are preceded by a photograph of the "Hardy family," and the opening title card reads: "Judge Hardy's Family in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary." Although the photograph includes actress Cecilia Parker, who played "Marian Hardy" in many of the films in the Hardy Family series, and some Hollywood Reporter production charts include her in the cast, her role was cut from the film prior to press previews. Singer Kathryn Grayson made her motion picture debut in this film. Grayson, a nineteen-year-old coloratura soprano who, according to reviews and publicity materials, had been trained by M-G-M for more than a year, appeared in many of the studio's films during the next fifteen years, most notably Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953). Grayson received excellent notices for her singing and acting and the Variety review predicted that "Metro has a name nugget in Miss Grayson."
This film also marked the debut of actor Todd Karns. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Karns, who was also nineteen, decided to change his name from Roscoe Karns, Jr., to avoid confusion with his well-known character actor father. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1269.