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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)

Nancy helps two aging spinsters fulfill the byzantine provisions of their father's will, but the murder of their chauffeur complicates matters.

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Effie Schneider
Vera Lewis ...
Miss Rosemary Turnbull
Louise Carter ...
Miss Floretta Turnbull
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Daniel Talbert
George Guhl ...
Smitty
John Ridgely ...
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Frederic Tozere ...
District Attorney's Investigator (as Fredric Tozere)
Don Rowan ...
Phillips the Chauffeur
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Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a murder and save two elderly ladies from losing their family home. The old mansion is complete with a moving wall and a hidden staircase. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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9 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Nancy Drew e a Escada Secreta  »

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As Ted and Nancy talk outside the Turnbull house following the scene in which the Turnbull sisters report the theft of minor household items, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen passing across a wooden post behind them. See more »

Quotes

Smitty, a Policeman: Watch your step, lady.
Ted Nickerson: [mumbling while in dress] "Lady".
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Follows Nancy Drew: Detective (1938) See more »

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Not my daughter's Nancy Drew
9 August 2014 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first of these Nancy Drew movies I have seen, having just watched it on TCM.

In general, I love movies from the 1930s, but this one was disappointing. When my daughter was growing up, I read to her every night, and often read a Nancy Drew mystery. It would usually take at least a week to finish one. They were quite good juvenile fiction, intriguing and suspenseful.

This movie has a totally different feel and tone. It is basically a comedy with a mystery subplot. Most of the characters are just silly compared to those in the books, especially Nancy, "Ted" (what's wrong with "Ned"?), and the police chief.

It got better once the staircase was discovered, and the last ten minutes or so was clever and entertaining. But still, I would much rather have a story faithful to the novels.


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