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She said she thought she might try to make a go of acting.
“I think you should,” said Mannix, and when she didn’t land Rooney or any other MGM staffers in trouble, the studio gave her a long-term contract with a pay rise. Rooney was a perfect example of the vast gap between some of the stars’ private lives and their public personas.
” The question wasn’t entirely rhetorical, as he went on to explain: “I was a gnomish prodigy – half-human, half-goblin, man-child, child-man.” Those qualities were as nothing compared to his flirting technique, which he characterised as “a combination of early Neanderthal and late Freud”.
It was this, perhaps, that led his lover and co-star Lana Turner to dub him, in reference to his best-known role as Andy Hardy, “Andy Hard-on”.
While I tend to tune out most of his messages – focusing largely on his remarkably bushy white eyebrows, I think that Mr.Usually the scrape had something to do with love, which was presented innocently, as a perennial conundrum.“Dad, I don’t understand these modern girls,” he whines to his father in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), as the judge prepares his parental lesson from an armchair.The way he was treated, meanwhile, was a crystallisation of the studio system.He knew he could play the field as long as he played the Hollywood game too: he’d always be protected. The title of his autobiography, Life Is Too Short, is curious.It’s a cliché – as well as a joke about his height – and, like Andy Hardy, likely to date fast. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.To modern eyes, Andy Hardy is as dated as the characters played by Shirley Temple, and twice as grating.Each film – and there were 16 of them between 19 – was a small-town fable, in which Andy, the son of an indulgent, well-respected judge and his calm, homemaker wife, gets into some sort of scrape and learns a lesson from it in the end.