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You're Only Young Once

You're Only Young Once(1937)


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The working title of the film was A Family Vacation. The Motion Picture Herald "In the Cutting Room" column also referred to it as Second Family Affair. After the story's end, actor Lewis Stone comes out from behind a closed curtain and announces that the Hardy Family is going to appear in a news series, which he hopes the audience will like. He then tells the audience to "Watch for the new adventures of Judge Hardy's Children." Stone took over the role of "Judge James K. Hardy" from Lionel Barrymore, who had been in the first film featuring the Hardy Family characters, A Family Affair. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item stated that Barrymore might resume the role of "Judge Hardy" in subsequent pictures, Stone played the role throughout the rest of the series. According to news item in Hollywood Reporter, Sara Holden was loaned to M-G-M from Paramount for her role as "Aunt Milly." Fay Holden portrayed "Mrs. Emily Hardy" for the first time in this film. The role had been played by Spring Byington in A Family Affair. Holden continued in the role throughout the series. This film also marked the first appearance of Ann Rutherford in the role of "Polly Benedict," "Andy's" girl friend. Character "Marian Hardy's" boyfriend is discussed in the film, but never seen. The Variety review notes that a photograph of actor Eric Linden, who played the role of boyfriend "Wayne Trent" in A Family Affair, was seen on a piano in the Hardy family home, indicating that he would be back in the series. Linden did not appear in the series again, although the character of Wayne appeared in the next picture in the series, Judge Hardy's Children. At that time the character, whose last name was changed to "Trenton," was played by Robert Whitney. For additional information on the series, see the above entry for A Family Affair and consult the Series Index.