This week, classic movie fans mourn the passing of Mickey Rooney, who died on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the age of 93. The child star who spent most of his life on screen was known to millions in the 1930s and 40s as the title character of the Andy Hardy films and the protagonist of several musicals costarring Judy Garland. He went on to earn more than 300 film and television credits over the course of his long career, and he was still working at the time of his death.
Warner Archive Instant has several classic Mickey Rooney movies currently available for streaming, so fans can celebrate Rooney's life in films by looking back at some of his biggest successes. Here are the Mickey Rooney movies you can currently catch through the Warner Archive Instant service.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935) - In this all-star adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Rooney plays the mischievous fairy, Puck. The cast also includes James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, and Arthur Treacher.
"You're Only Young Once" (1937) - Andy Hardy makes his second appearance in this family classic, which would precede more than a dozen additional Andy Hardy features. Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, and Ann Rutherford appear as the rest of the series regulars.
"Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938) - Andy's teenage troubles continue in this installment of the series, which sees Andy caught between his regular girlfriend Polly (Ann Rutherford) and two new girls, played by Lana Turner and Judy Garland.
"Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" (1940) - Judy Garland returns for another appearance as Betsy Booth in this outing, which sees the Hardy family off on a trip to New York in order for Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) to defend the local orphanage. Andy falls hard for big city socialite Daphne (Diana Lewis), and his efforts to prove himself a man of the world get him into plenty of trouble.
"The Human Comedy" (1943) - Rooney earned his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor as the protagonist of this wartime family tale, in which a younger brother stays at home and looks out for the family while his older brother goes off to war. Frank Morgan, Fay Bainter, Donna Reed, and Van Johnson also star.
Learn more about Mickey Rooney's life and career by watching the video at the top of this article.
Visit the official Warner Archive Instant site to see all of the classic movies and television programs available for streaming. Offerings in the catalog change regularly, so don't wait to see the Mickey Rooney movies currently included. New subscribers to the service can enjoy a two week free trial membership, while regular subscribers pay $9.99 a month.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.