Andy Hardy, Warner Bros. pre-Code films: Kenneth Turan's DVD pick
Hollywood was not a one-size-fits-all entity in its glory days; movies catered to the widest variety of tastes, as two new groups of DVD releases from Warner Bros. emphasizes.
On the wholesome end of the spectrum, "The Andy Hardy Collection" showcases six films made in the durable Andy Hardy series, wherein youthful Andy, played with unstoppable energy by Mickey Rooney, got into all kinds of juvenile scrapes that demanded the sage advice of his ever-wise father Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone). Those were the days.
On the dark end of the street, five new double-bill releases from the Warner Archive Collection revel in the racy glories of pre-Code Hollywood.
The twin bills include "Loose Ankles" and "The Naughty Flirt," "Road to Paradise" and "Week-End Marriage," "I've Got Your Number" and "Havana Widows," "The Right of Way" and "The Truth About Youth" and "The Office Wife" and "Party Husband."
These are all on-demand discs and have to be specifically ordered at www.WarnerArchive.com.
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic