Continuing my charter membership in the cinematic Garland appreciation society, I next celebrate some of the wise, innocent, and yes often cloying proclamations in the Andy Hardy movies in which Garland appeared. There were over fifteen of these testaments to fictional upper middle class suburban life starring Mickey Rooney and a stable of regulars. Garland appeared in three of these as the delightful Betsy Booth (daughter of the actress Martha Booth we never meet but gosh I’m a bit smitten with the name). The following bits of wisdom, whether uttered by Betsy or by Andy, are chock full of earnest charm.
Lesson 3: Its best not to try to pull a fast one.
“When you do something phony and it turns out good, its still all wrong.”
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Andy Hardy to Betsy Booth
Lesson 4: A person can have a physical reaction to disillusionment.
“Whenever I get disillusioned I always get a pain in my stomach.”
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940), Betsy Booth to Andy Hardy
© Martha Wade Steketee (November 21, 2009)