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The working title of this film was Andy Hardy Goes to College. It was originally planned as an early 1941 release, but a Hollywood Reporter news item in December 1940 noted that M-G-M decided to put the story on hold and film Andy Hardy's Private Secretary first. The action of that film ends on the same night that the story of Life Begins for Andy Hardy's opens. The opening title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Judge Hardy's Family in..." and superimposes the words over a picture of the four actors who portrayed the Hardy family members. Cecilia Parker, who portrayed "Marian" in the series, was not in the film, however. In the story, her character is said to be "away." In the opening credits, the cast list ends with "And Judy Garland;" however, the end credits list her third, after Lewis Stone and Mickey Rooney. This was the third and last Hardy Family picture in which Garland, who portrayed "Betsy Booth," appeared. The CBCS lists Ralph Byrd, Manart Kippen, Robert Winkler and William Forrest in the cast, but they were not in the released film. Actor Purnell Pratt, who portrayed "Dr. Storfen" in the film, died in late July 1941. It is unclear whether Life Begins for Andy Hardy or Ringside Maisie (see below), which were shot simultaneously, was his last film. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for A Family Affair in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1269.