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Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 18 February 1939 (USA)
Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (original screen play), Mildred Wirt Benson (based on: Nancy Drew stories) (as Carolyn Keene)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
Dickie Jones ... Killer Parkins
Mary Lee ... Mary
Larry Williams ... Miles Lambert
Betty Amann ... Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson ... Bostwick - City Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Olin Howland ... Police Sgt. Entwhistle
Sheila Bromley ... Bonnie Lucas
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Storyline

While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence, and they stumble onto the identity of the real killer. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

STOP THE PRESSES! Nancy's on the trail of a terrific SCOOP!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy Drew, Repórter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Mary Lee, who at the time was also singing with the Ted Weems Orchestra. See more »

Goofs

After Ted gets out of Nancy's car to rush to his tennis date, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the backs of people passing by, especially on the woman in the light-colored coat. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Drew: [to Ted as the murderer is headed for their room] Well! Do something!
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Connections

Version of Nancy Drew (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ted in a modified version while Nancy sneaks into the Lambert house
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Entertaining Nancy Drew!
15 May 2014 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

For some reason, this film was included in the Shirley Temple collection but she's not in it at all. I wouldn't have seen it otherwise. I will say that it is both entertaining and light fare. The actress who played Nancy Drew does a fine job. Nancy Drew is well known as the fictional teen detective to readers everywhere. I am surprised that this adaptation was done early. Bonita Glanville was probably the first Nancy Drew. This film is only an hour about Nancy Drew trying to help the wrongly accused. She is believable and likable allay once. Her portrayal is fine. The script is average. The cast does a decent job. There is danger though with an injured boxer on the wrong side of the law.


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