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The Hardy Family Radio Program

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Fay Holden, Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone reprised their famous Film roles for M-G-M's The Hardy Family over Radio
Fay Holden, Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone reprised their famous Film roles for M-G-M's The Hardy Family over Radio

Publicity photo from 1939's Judge Hardy and Son
Publicity photo from 1939's Judge Hardy and Son

Spot ad for WMTW premiere of M-G-M Theatre of The Air from October 30 1949
Spot ad for KEPO run of The Hardy Family from January 11 1950
M-G-M recorded an entire run of The Hardy Family transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM
M-G-M recorded an entire run of The Hardy Family transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM

Billboard Magazine full page ad for M-G-M Radio Attractions from November 5 1949
Billboard Magazine full page ad for M-G-M Radio Attractions from November 5 1949

Among the hundreds of co-op sponsors for the MBS runs of The Hardy Family was Old Judge 'Irradiated' Coffee
Among the hundreds of co-op sponsors for the MBS runs of The Hardy Family was Old Judge 'Irradiated' Coffee

Trav-ler Television was another of the co-op sponsors for The Hardy Family
Trav-ler Television was another of the co-op sponsors for The Hardy Family

The 1952 Oldsmobile was yet another of the co-op sponsors of The Hardy Family
The 1952 Oldsmobile was yet another of the co-op sponsors of The Hardy Family

Grant's Home and Hardware was one more of the many co-op sponsors of The Hardy Family over MBS
Grant's Home and Hardware was one more of the many co-op sponsors of The Hardy Family over MBS

Background

Playwright Aurania Rouverol first brought her delightful Hardy family to Film with M-G-M's A Family Affair (1937), starring Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy, Lionel Barrymore as Judge James K. Hardy, and Spring Byington as Mrs. Emily Hardy. Set in midwestern, Depression-era, smalltown America, Judge Hardy is an elected judge with three children and a wife. The film was an adaptation of the successful 1928 Broadway play, Skidding.

By 1937 Lionel Barrymore was becoming more and more reliant upon a wheelchair for mobility, so by A Family Affair's sequel, 1937's You're Only Young Once, Lewis Stone replaced Barrymore as Judge Hardy and Fay Holden took Spring Byington's role as Emily Hardy. It was the formula of Rooney, Stone and Holden that took the Hardy family through its subsequent thirteen sequels over nine years:

1937 A Family Affair
1937 You're Only Young Once
1938 Judge Hardy's Children
1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 Out West with the Hardys
1939 The Hardys Ride High
1939 Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
1939 Judge Hardy and Son
1940 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1941 Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1942 The Courtship of Andy Hardy
1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
1946 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
1958 Andy Hardy Comes Home

By the series' last sequel, Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958), Lewis Stone had already passed away, leaving Mickey Rooney and Fay Holden to close the franchise.

M-G-M Radio Attractions brings The Hardys franchise to Radio

The Marcus Loew Booking Agency had owned radio station call sign WHN since 1946. In September of 1948, WHN changed their call sign to WMGM, in part to capitalize on a series of MGM programming projects they were attempting to introduce to a national audience. Programs such as The Adventures of Maisie, Crime Does Not Pay, The Hardy Family, M-G-M Theatre of The Air, and The Story of Dr. Kildare, all drew on material that M-G-M, as a Film Studio, already had in the can. Having established Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions for the express purpose of transcribing, then syndicating this content, all that remained was for M-G-M to obtain a well-established radio station from which to broadcast their programming packages. The assumption was that once heard in a wide enough area they'd be picked up nation-wide in due time. The concept seemed to be working for several years, until a change in M-G-M focus made their M-G-M Radio Attractions division redundant. WMGM slowly began changing their format to remain viable to its expanding local audience, and the era of MGM-produced, network-ready, syndicated content dwindled to nothing.

The M-G-M cachet was so persuasive that within days of the July 1949 trade announcements, M-G-M Radio Attractions had sold the following eight-program 'portfolio' to over 200 outlets in 45 states and Canada:

  • M-G-M Theatre of The Air
  • At Home with Lionel Barrymore
  • Hollywood, U.S.A.
  • The Story of Dr. Kildare
  • Good News From Hollywood
  • Crime Does Not Pay
  • The Hardy Family
  • Maisie

The package actually came to the air before M-G-M's own WMGM began its initial broadcast run in October 1949. Chicago's Mutual key station, W-G-N, was the first to broadcast M-G-M Theatre of The Air on September 16, 1949, barely a month after the first programs had been recorded.

M-G-M's Maisie, Hardy Family and Dr. Kildare franchises, alone, spanned forty-two feature films over twenty years. Their broad appeal and the feel-good, optimistic values and themes they contained were like a tonic to post-Depression America. When M-G-M spun off its M-G-M Radio Attractions syndicated Radio programming division it seemed only natural to draw upon their proven track record of popular Film features. M-G-M's Crime Does Not Pay series of short features were another natural candidate for a Radio feature. M-G-M Theatre of The Air was an obvious answer to Lux Radio Theatre, the Screen Guild Theatre series', and NBC's long-running series' of Film adaptations.

Thus, in one master stroke, the newly formed M-G-M Radio Attractions brought a compelling package of four half-hour features, an hour-long film adaptation feature, and three fascinating fifteen-minute features, Hollywood U.S.A., Good News from Hollywood, and At Home With Lionel Barrymore to Radio to compete, head-to-head with the best currently available Radio features of the era.

It's easy to see why the package was so readily gobbled up within days of its announcement. Small market Radio outlets, as well as large, highly successful regional Radio broadcasters could obtain a diverse, highly promising package of features from a major studio, starring some of the greatest talent of the era, at a fraction of the cost to produce and broadcast these features on their own.

Another 'feel-good' Radio feature for a War-weary nation

The timing for The Hardy Family over Radio could have been better. Mickey Rooney's previous attempt at anchoring a Radio feature had been in Shorty Bell Cub Reporter (1948), a series that aired and folded in three months. Rooney's individual performances over Radio had been in guest starring dramatic roles, usually reprises of his Film roles. Rooney purportedly produced The Hardy Family as part of his deal with M-G-M Radio Attractions. Having brought the core cast of performers to the Radio adaptations, the series promised to maintain the same high quality as the Film features.

But by 1949 America had heard literally hundreds of uplifting, family values, smalltown-oriented situation comedies and serials. The only thing really differentiating The Hardy Family over Radio was the long-established chemistry between the principal performers. In that respect, the series didn't disappoint.

When, in 1951, the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) sought to expand its own feature programming, it seemed natural to turn to M-G-M Radio Attractions for solid programming. Mutual stations had already comprised the majority of subscribers to M-G-M's intial portfolio of eight Radio features. In mid-1951, MBS and M-G-M began hammering out a deal for what eventually became a ten-feature package of transcribed, syndicated programs, as follows:

  • Woman of The Year [Bette Davis]
  • Crime Does Not Pay
  • The Black Museum [Orson Welles]
  • The Story of Dr. Kildare
  • M-G-M Musical Comedy Theater of The Air
  • The Modern Adventures of Casanova [Errol Flynn]
  • The Gracie Fields Show
  • The Adventures of Maisie
  • The Hardy Family
  • M-G-M Theatre of The Air

A stunning and compelling lineup to be sure, the package carried forward the half-hour features Crime Does Not Pay, The Hardy Family, The Story of Dr. Kildare, and The Adventures of Maisie, as well as the hour-long feature, M-G-M Theatre of The Air. The MBS package added the half-hour dramatic features, Woman of The Year, The Modern Adventures of Casanova, and The Black Museum, added the half-hour variety feature, The Gracie Fields Show, and complimented M-G-M's Film adaptation feature, M-G-M Theatre of The Air with The M-G-M Musical Comedy Theatre of The Air.

After months of wrangling and delays, the deal was finally struck in November of 1951 and MBS began 'officially' airing the M-G-M Radio Attractions features the week of January 2-8, 1952. Designed to air in the prime-time spot of 8-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the package was also structured as a co-op package, similar to competing NBC's 'Tandem Package'. The Mutual package, referred to as 'MBS Plus', offered 'co-operative' advertising spots for multiple sponsors and advertisers. Thus a sponsor or advertiser could purchase any combination of quarter-hour advertising blocks between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., from Monday to Saturday on a daily, weekly, or biweekly basis. The opportunity to leverage their sponsoring expenses held great appeal as Radio entered an era of stiff competition with Television for sponsors' dollars. It also afforded member MBS stations a combination of straight drama, adventure, situation comedy, Film and Musical adaptations, and Variety programming in a package that sold for the approximate cost of three to five weekly half-hour features.

Compared to Woman of The Year, starring Bette Davis in her first solo outing over Radio, The Adventures of Casanova, Errol Flynn's first solo feature over Radio, and the Orson Welles narrated The Black Museum, The Hardy Family would seem to have been one of weaker offerings in the lineup. Apparently that judgement was not shared by Australia and South Africa, both of whom signed up for syndication rights to The Hardy Family at about the time it was airing over MBS.

The enduring magic of The Hardy Family

It would appear that in spite of the timing of its introduction over Radio, The Hardy Family held enough appeal--both domestically and internationally--to not only be carried forward for syndication during the 1952 MBS run, but also finding new audiences in both Australia and South Africa.

The Hardy Family's core appeal stemmed from the enduring chemistry between Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney and Fay Holden. The series also helped launch the career of young Richard Crenna, more famous for his Radio and Television portrayals in Our Miss Brooks. Produced and performed on the west coast, M-G-M tapped the same core of west coast actors it employed its other popular dramatic offerings.

The Hardy Family is set in Carville, U.S.A., an archetypal small, midwestern town. Performed and recorded before a live studio audience, the audience reponses seem entirely authentic and spontaneous. Mickey Rooney, in particular, appears to enjoy mugging it up for the live audiences. The ensemble cast eventually grew to include Richard Crenna as Andy Hardy's best friend and Eleanore Tanin as Polly Benedict, Andy Hardy's on again, off again girl friend.

Two-page Billboard broadside announcing the 1952 lineup of M-G-M/MBS programming from January 12 1952
Two-page Billboard broadside announcing the 1952 lineup of M-G-M/MBS programming from January 12 1952

Series Derivatives:

1951 MBS-MGM Selections from 'The Hardy Family'; Australia 'The Hardy Family' [MacQuarie]; South Africa 'The Hardy Family' [Harry Alan Towers]
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedies
Network(s): WMGM, Mutual, ABC, and several other local affiliates and networks while in syndication.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 49-11-15 01 Andy, The Junior Executive
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 49-11-15 to 51-05-08; WMGM; Seventy-eight, 26-minute; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Syndication: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions; MacQuarie Transcriptions [Aus]; Towers of London [South Africa]
Sponsors: United States Hardware; Jimmie Smith Oldsmobile; Lumber Distributors Inc.; Casner Motor Co.; Fisher Baking Co.; Grants; Old Judge 'Irradiated' Coffee
Director(s): Mickey Rooney [Producer]
Thomas A. McAvity, Joe Bigelow [Directors]
Principal Actors: Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Lewis Stone, Richard Crenna, Stanley Prager, Lee Brooks, Eleanore Tanin, Peter Leeds, Jerry Hausner, Charles Smith, Gil Stratton Jr, Pattee Chapman, Betty Lou Gerson, Earl Ross, Jack Moyles, George Nee, Tom Brown, Bert Holland
Recurring Character(s): Andrew 'Andy' Hardy [Mickey Rooney]; Judge James K. Hardy [Lewis Stone]; Mrs. Emily Hardy [Fay Holden]; Polly Benedict [Eleanore Tanin]; Beasey [Richard Crenna]
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Aurania Rouverol [Creator]
Jack Rubin, Jameson Brewer, Frank Tarloff
Music Direction: Jerry Fielding [Composer/Conductor]
Musical Theme(s): "The Hardy Family Theme" by Jerry Fielding
Announcer(s): Jack McCoy, Herb Allen
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
78
Episodes in Circulation: 16
Total Episodes in Collection: 12
Provenances:

Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949
Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949


Billboard announcement of MGM's agreement with Australia's MacQuarie Broadcasting to broadcast 'Doctor Kildare' to rural Australia from September 1 1951
Billboard announcement of MGM's agreement with Australia's MacQuarie Broadcasting to broadcast 'Doctor Kildare' to rural Australia from September 1 1951

Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features ove MBS from November 3 1951
Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features over MBS from November 3 1951

Billboard announcement of initial effectiveness of the Mutual-MGM package of ten feature programs from February 2 1952
Billboard announcement of initial effectiveness of the Mutual-MGM package of ten feature programs from February 2 1952

Billboard announcement from May 10 1952 cites 625 'co-op' sales of leveraged advertising for the ten-program portfolio of M-G-M Radio Attractions
Billboard announcement from May 10 1952 cites 625 'co-op' sales of leveraged advertising for the ten-program portfolio of M-G-M Radio Attractions

Billboard magazine announcement of South Africa's intention to broadcast M-G-M's The Hardy Family from November 15 1952
Billboard magazine announcement of South Africa's intention to broadcast M-G-M's The Hardy Family from November 15 1952

RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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Much of the confusion regarding the M-G-M Radio Attractions programming 'packages' of the era can be attributed to two distinct, widely advertised and promoted programming packages:

  • 1949's Initial Package of Eight Transcribed features . . .
    • M-G-M Theatre of The Air
    • At Home with Lionel Barrymore
    • Hollywood, U.S.A.
    • The Story of Dr. Kildare
    • Good News From Hollywood
    • Crime Does Not Pay
    • The Hardy Family
    • Maisie
  • 1951's Mutual (MBS) Package of Ten Transcribed features [this package was limited to a maximum of 52 episodes of any given weekly feature, per agreement between the parties] . . .
    • Woman of The Year
    • Crime Does Not Pay
    • The Black Museum
    • The Story of Dr. Kildare
    • M-G-M Musical Comedy Theater of The Air
    • The Modern Adventures of Casanova
    • The Gracie Fields Show
    • The Adventures of Maisie
    • The Hardy Family
    • M-G-M Theatre of The Air

The earliest contiguous broadcast of The Hardy Family that we turned up was over Chicago's Mutual Radio key station W-G-N on September 16, 1949. The M-G-M package of eight transcribed features had been sold to at least 200 stations in 45 states as of November 1949.

From the July 9, 1949 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM Heading Toward Boff
Wax Profit; May Hit $1 Mil
 

     New York, July 2.--Within a few days of the initial public announcement of the eight open-end waxed radio series being peddled by the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Radio Attractions, between 150 and 200 stations gave written, wired and phoned for information concerning the shows.  Should 150 outlets in different markets be pacted for the shows, which feature top film names, MGM Attractions probably will gross about $5,000,000 annually, with a net take of about $1,000,000, according to Bert Lebhar Jr., Sales director of WMGM, New York, who heads Attractions.
     Over $100,000 already has been put out in waxing shows for the series, Lebhar said, with about 250 separate stanzas already on disks.  The programs will be sold on a percentage basis of the purchasing stations' hourly rate.  The eight shows total five hours and 45 minutes of programing weekly, and the cost to stations will be slightly under three times their basic hourly rate for all these shows.
               Seek Portfolio Deal
     Each program may be bought separately, but MGM is attempting to sell all as a single "portfolio" deal, with Music Corporation of America (MCA) handling the peddling.  Lebhar said he hopes to have the shows running by the start of September, but will settle for October.  The MGM drive to build a wax web based on these shows and others to follow is reflected in the offer of "exclusivity" on all MGM radio attractions to stations which become "full affiliates" by taking all of the first eight stanzas.
     Lebhar said the MGM web deal will not conflict with the live networks; on the contrary, he declared, the heads of the four major webs undoubtedly will welcome MGM's venture.  The wax shows will be used only on station option time, and will not eat into live web programing.  The prestige nature of the programs, too, Lebhar opined, will be a real boost for the stations using them.  The stations will be protected by getting exclusive rights in their territories to the properties, and will not be embarrassed as some live web affiliates have been, by having their top attractions shift to another web and air over their leading competitor's facilities.
     The eight programs will cost MGM close to $1,500,000 per year for production and talent charges.  Talent is being paid on a minimum fee plus percentage-of-net basis, according to Lebhar, with the percentage deals ranging from 16 !/3 to 33 percent.  About one dozen shows of the weekly hour-long dramatic MGM Theater of the Air series have been cut in New York.  Over 60 thrice-weekly 15-minute philosophy shows and Paula Stone's five-a-week quarter-hours of film chatter are ready.  Crime Will Not Pay, a 30-minute weekly drama, is about to go into production.  Three other weekly half hour shows will get started in August:  Maisie, Dr. Kildare and Judge Hardy's Family.


By April 1950, M-G-M Radio Attractions had agreed to produce a second cycle of the eight-feature package, for a total commitment of 52 episodes each of the featured programs. This entirely supports our working hypothesis regarding the both the initial distribution and broadcast of The Story of Dr. Kildare up to that point, as well as our hypothesis regarding the ultimate number of episodes of The Story of Dr. Kildare that were ever produced for syndication. From the April 22, 1950 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM To Spend 500G on 2d 26-Week Air Shows

A half-million dollars will go into the production of the second 26-week cycle of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer radio attractions. The first cycle has established the success of the venture by its acceptance of 200 radio stations in 45 states. WMGM, New York, is the film firm's key outlet here.

From the November 17, 1951 issue of Billboard Magazine:

MGM Program Line-Up
Finalized by Mutual

      NEW  YORK, Nov. 10.--Mutual Broadcasting System's programming plans with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were finalized this week when the movie outfit came thru with a long-delayed complete list of programs and stars.  Line-up was originally scheduled to start November 19, but belated agreement necessitated moving date to week of December 31, when all of the new programs will make their debut over the full Mutual network.
     MGM star line-up includes "Woman of the Year" (Mondays 8-8:30 p.m. EST) with Bette Davis, a comedy-drama series based upon the MGM movie; "Crime Does Not Pay" (Mondays 8:30-9 p.m. EST) dramatizations of MGM's Academy Award winning film subjects; "The Black Museum" (Tuesdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST) with Orson Welles' mystery series based on Scotland Yard case histories; "The Story of Dr. Kildare" (Tuesdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST), the Lew Ayres-Lionel Barrymore vehicle; "MGM Musical Comedy Theater of the Air" (Wednesdays 8-9 p.m. EST), featuring condensations of such top MGM musicals as "Anchors Aweigh," "Meet Me in St. Louis," etc; "The Modern Adventures of Casanova" (Thursdays 8-8:30 p.m. EST), an Errol Flynn thriller; "The Gracie Fields Show" (Thursdays 8:30-9 p.m. EST); "Adventures of Maisie" (Fridays 8-8:30 p.m. EST) with Ann Sothern; "The Hardy Family" (Fridays 8:30-9 p.m. EST, Mickey Rooney, et al; "MGM Theater of the Air" (Saturdays 8:30-9:30 p.m. EST), featuring Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Fredric March, Robert Taylor, Burgess Meredith, Cornell Wilde, Margaret O'Brien, Peter Lawford.
     These shows will be supplemented with the rescheduling of 12 currently aired MBS programs into the block from 8 to 10 p.m., Monday thru Saturday.  Mutual shows include "Crime Fighters," "War Front--Home Front," "Official Detective," "The Hidden Truth," "Mysterious Traveler," "The Family Theater," "Rod and Gun Club of the Air," "Reporter's Roundup," "Magazine Theater," "Twenty Questions," "Armed Forces Review" and "Lombardoland U.S.A."
     Half of the MGM programs will be offered for local sale by MBS affiliates, including the four half hours from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; and the full hour "MGM Theater of the Air" on Saturdays.  Remaining five airers will be offered to national sponsors on a "multi-message" basis, similar to that of the National Broadcasting Company's tandem plan.

From the November 8, 1952 issue of Billboard Magazine:
 
MBS-MGM Radio Attractions Rift
Over Renewal Terms Widen
 
     NEW YORK, Nov. 1.--The rift between the Mutual Broadcasting System and MGM Radio Attractions over renewal terms on the latter's group of 10 radio shows was widened this week, as the flicker outfit virtually suspended production on all series at the request of the web.  Because of the production shut-down, Mutual now is offering re-runs on most of the programs.  MGM shows air in the 8-9 p.m. time, Monday thru Saturday, on MBS.  The deal constituted the largest one-package program arrangements in the web's history.
     In line with this, there's a possibility that performers featured on some of the shows may have a beef since re-run money to actors is paltry.  For instance, Lilli Palmer, who appeared on an hour-long "MGM Theater of the Air" program, received less than $7 when the play tape was aired for the second time.
     As reported in The Billboard last week, the MGM packages are up for renewal December 31, and negotiations for a new contract are currently underway between network execs and the film firm.  Meanwhile, the web reportedly is looking for indie packages to spot in the 8 to 9 p.m. time period if the MGM renewal doesn't go thru.  MGM, meanwhile, is said to be attempting to come up with some fresh stanzas as possible substitutes. 
     The production shutdown reportedly was ordered by Mutual, because the web desired to make certain changes in the shows before any more were put on tape.
     Among the shows involved, are the Errol Flynn "Casanova" series; the Mickey Rooney "Hardy Family" show; Bette Davis' "Woman of the Year" package; Ann Sothern's "Maisie"; Orson Welles' "Black Museum"; the Gracie Fields show; Lionel Barrymore's "Dr. Kildare" series; "Crime Does not Pay"; "MGM Theater of the Air," and "MGM Musical Comedy Theater of the Air."


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The Hardy Family Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
49-11-15
1
Andy, The Junior Executive
Andy's First Job
Y
49-09-18 Cedar Rapids Gazette
..."Hardy Family" will hit the airways too--
with Mickey Rooney of the film cast carrying over as both producer and star...

49-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 p.m.--Judge Hardy's Family (WGN):
new series with Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.

49-11-15 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden--WMGM (
Premiere).

Announces a promotion of
Battleground released January 1950
49-11-22
2
Andy Escorts International Skiing Champion
The Skiing Star
Y
49-11-22 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.

Eleanor Tanin as Polly
Betty Lou Gerson as Inga Ludwig

Announces a promotion of
Battleground released January 1950
49-11-29
3
Title Unknown
N
49-11-29 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.
49-12-06
4
Title Unknown
N
49-12-06 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.
49-12-13
5
Title Unknown
N
49-12-13 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.
49-12-20
6
Title Unknown
N
49-12-20 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.

49-12-27
7
The Hardys' 25th Anniversary
Y
49-12-27 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.

50-01-03
8
Title Unknown
N
50-01-03 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.

50-01-10
9
Title Unknown
N
50-01-10 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.
50-01-17
10
Title Unknown
N
50-01-17 New York Times
7:30-8--"The Hardy Family," With Mickey Rooney--WMGM.
50-01-24
11
Title Unknown
N
50-01-24 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-01-31
12
Andy Enters His Jalopy In A Race
Y
50-01-31 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.

Announces a promotion of
Malaya released December 1949
50-02-07
13
The Judge and Andy Fend For Themselves
N
50-02-07 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-02-14
14
Title Unknown
N
50-02-14 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-02-21
15
Title Unknown
N
50-02-21 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-02-28
16
Title Unknown
N
50-02-28 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-03-07
17
Title Unknown
N
50-03-07 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-03-14
18
Title Unknown
N
50-03-14 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-03-21
19
Title Unknown
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50-03-21 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-03-28
20
Title Unknown
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50-03-28 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-04-04
21
Title Unknown
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50-04-04 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-04-11
22
Title Unknown
N
50-04-11 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-04-18
23
Tiger Hunt In Murphy's Woods
N
50-04-18 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-04-25
24
Election Time
N
50-04-25 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-05-02
25
Title Unknown
N
50-05-02 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-05-09
26
Title Unknown
N
50-05-09 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-05-16
27
Title Unknown
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50-05-16 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-05-23
28
Title Unknown
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50-05-23 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-05-30
29
Title Unknown
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50-05-30 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-06-06
30
Title Unknown
N
50-06-06 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-06-13
31
Title Unknown
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50-06-13 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-06-20
32
Title Unknown
N
50-06-20 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-06-27
33
Title Unknown
N
50-06-27 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-07-04
34
Title Unknown
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50-07-04 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-07-11
35
Title Unknown
N
50-07-11 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-07-18
36
Title Unknown
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50-07-18 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-07-25
37
Title Unknown
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50-07-25 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-08-01
38
Title Unknown
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50-08-01 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-08-08
39
Title Unknown
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50-08-08 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-08-15
40
Title Unknown
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50-08-15 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-08-22
41
Title Unknown
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50-08-22 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-08-29
42
Title Unknown
N
50-08-29 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-09-05
43
Title Unknown
N
50-09-05 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-09-12
44
Title Unknown
N
50-09-12 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-09-19
45
Title Unknown
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50-09-19 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-09-26
46
Title Unknown
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50-09-26 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-10-03
47
Title Unknown
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50-10-03 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-10-10
48
Title Unknown
N
50-10-10 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-10-17
49
Andy Takes Up Knitting
Andy's Jangled Nerves
Y
50-10-17 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-10-24
50
Andy's Horse Race Betting System
Y
50-10-24 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.

Richard Crenna as Beasey
Stanley Prager as Race Announcer
50-10-31
51
Title Unknown
N
50-10-31 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-11-07
52
Title Unknown
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50-11-07 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-11-14
53
Title Unknown
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50-11-14 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-11-21
54
Title Unknown
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50-11-21 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-11-28
55
Title Unknown
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50-11-28 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-12-05
56
Title Unknown
N
50-12-05 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-12-12
57
Title Unknown
N
50-12-12 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-12-19
58
Title Unknown
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50-12-19 New York Times - 7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
50-12-26
59
Title Unknown
N
50-12-26 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-01-02
60
Title Unknown
N
51-01-02 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-01-09
61
Title Unknown
N
51-01-09 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-01-16
62
Title Unknown
N
51-01-16 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-01-23
63
Title Unknown
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51-01-23 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-01-30
64
Title Unknown
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51-01-30 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-02-06
65
Title Unknown
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51-02-06 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-02-13
66
Title Unknown
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51-02-13 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-02-20
67
Title Unknown
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51-02-20 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-02-27
68
Title Unknown
N
51-02-27 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden.
51-03-06
69
Title Unknown
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51-03-06 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-03-13
70
Title Unknown
N
51-03-13 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-03-20
71
Title Unknown
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51-03-20 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-03-27
72
Title Unknown
N
51-03-27 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-04-03
73
The Horrible Truth About Marriage
Andy Discovers the Truth About Marriage
Y
[Several dropouts]

51-04-03 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.

Richard Crenna as Beasey
Eleanore Tanin as Polly
Charles Smith as Horace
Lee Brooks as Alice
51-04-10
74
The Case Of The Vanishing Warehouse
Andy Gets A Job As A Night Watchman
The Vanishing Warehouse 3
Y
51-04-10 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.

Richard Crenna as Beasey
51-04-17
75
Title Unknown
N
51-04-17 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-04-24
76
Title Unknown
N
51-04-24 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-05-01
77
Title Unknown
N
51-05-01 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.
51-05-08
78
Title Unknown
N
51-05-08 New York Times
7:30-WMGM--Play: The Hardy Family. With Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone.





The Hardy Family Program Log [Unidentified Episodes]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
--
Andy Moves To The Carville Bachelor's Club
Y
Announces a promotion of Conspirator released March 1950
52-xx-xx
--
Andy Goes to A Masquerade Ball
Andy Loses His Sex Appeal
Y
52-xx-xx
--
The Hardys 'Rough It' At Home
The Fishing Trip
Y
52-xx-xx
--
Charlemagne In the Hardy Family Tree
The Carville Carnival
Y
[Ending credits cut]






The Hardy Family Radio Program Biographies




Mickey Rooney [Joseph Yule Jr.]
(Andrew Hardy)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Producer; Director; Writer
(1920--)

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Spouses:
Jan Rooney
(78-07-28 - present)
Carolyn Hockett
(69-05-27 - 1974)
(DIV) 2 children
Marge Lane
(66-09-10 - 67-12-14)
(DIV)
Carolyn Mitchell
(58-12-01 - 66-01-31)
(Death) 4 children
Elaine Devry
(52-11-18 - 58-05-18)
(DIV)
Martha Vickers
(49-06-03 - 52-09-25)
(DIV) 1 child
B.J. Baker
(44-09-30 - 49-06-03)
(DIV) 2 children
Ava Gardner
(42-01-10 - 43-05-21)
(DIV)

Radiography:
1935 Shell Chateau
1938 Good News
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 America Calling
1941 The Treasury Hour
1941 The Chase and Sanborn Program
1942 United China Relief
1942 Command Performance
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1946 Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel
1947 Philco Radio Time
1947 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 Hollywood Showcase
1949 The Hardy Family
1949 Duffy's Tavern
1949 Suspense
1949 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Cavalcade Of America
1950 MGM Theatre Of the Air
1951 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1952 MGM Musical Comedy Theatre
1953 The Bob Hope Show
1954 Peter Potter's Juke Box Jury (Audition)
1954 Stagestruck
1956 Recollections At Thirty
1957 Stars For Defense
Mickey Rooney circa 1944
Mickey Rooney circa 1944

Mickey Rooney circa 1938
Mickey Rooney circa 1938




Lewis Shepard Stone
(Judge James K Hardy)
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor; Military Officer, Instructor
(1879-1953)

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Military Service:
1898 Spanish-American War [Cavalry Lieutenant]
1900 Chinese Army [Colonel]
1916-1918 World War I [Cavalry Major]
World War II

Radiography:
1935 Radio Crusade To End War
1938 Good News
1939 Lux Radio Theatre
1941 America Calling
1941 Mobilizing For Human Needs
1949 The Hardy Family
Lewis Stone circa 1940
Lewis Stone circa 1940

Lewis Stone fan card circa 1925
Lewis Stone fan card circa 1925

Lewis Stone with both Lionel and John Barrymore in Grand Hotel (1932)
Lewis Stone with both Lionel and John Barrymore in Grand Hotel (1932)

Lewis Stone Ghirardelli's promotional card
Lewis Stone Ghirardelli's promotional card

Lewis Stone is most fondly remembered for his role as Judge Hardy in The Hardy Family franchise
Lewis Stone is most fondly remembered for his role as Judge Hardy in The Hardy Family franchise


From the September 14, 1953 edition of the Winona Republican-Herald:
 
Lewis Stone Dies at 73
 
     HOLLYWOOD (AP) -- Friends and fans today mourned the tragic passing of Lewis Stone, 73, the dignified veteran of stage and screen who collapsed and died Saturday night while chasing three teen-age prowlers outside his Hollywood home.
     Private funeral services will be conducted at the actor's home Wednesday morning.
     Mrs. Hazel Stone, widow of the white-haired actor who portrayed "Judge Hardy" in the movies said her husband was watching television when he heard prowlers outside.  He collapsed on a sidewalk while chasing the boys and died of a heart attack without regaining consciousness.
     Mrs. Stone said lawn furniture had been thrown into their swimming pool and that there had been trouble of this kind before.  Police took three boys, one 13 and the other 15, into custody and booked them on suspicion of malicious mischief.  Later they were released to custody of their parents pending possible juvenile court action.
     Stone had been in show business more than 50 years.
     He was born in Worcester, Mass.  He served in the Spanish-American War and was a cavalry major and instructor in World War I.  His appearance in the Broadway stage play "Sidetracked" led to stardom and other hits in which he appeared included "The Girl of the Golden West" and "The Bird of Paradise."
     In recent years Stone had curtailed his acting work but just a few weeks ago he completed a picture, "All the Brothers Were Valiant."  His first picture, "Honor's Altar," was in 1915.  Other early films included "Scaramouche," "Grand Hotel" and "Prisoner of Zenda."
     In addition to his widow, Stone is survived by two daughters, Barbara and Virginia.  He had been married twice before.  His first wife was the late Margaret Langham.  He and his second wife, Florence Pryor, known as Florence Oakley on the stage, were divorced in 1939.



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