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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  9 September 1939 (USA)
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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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(original screen play), (based on the Nancy Drew stories by) (as Carolyn Keene)
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Frankie Thomas ...
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Renie Riano ...
Effie Schneider
Vera Lewis ...
Miss Rosemary Turnbull
Louise Carter ...
Miss Floretta Turnbull
William Gould ...
Daniel Talbert
George Guhl ...
Smitty
John Ridgely ...
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Reporter (as DeWolf Hopper)
Creighton Hale ...
Reporter
Frank Mayo ...
Tribune Photographer
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

Captain Tweedy: Smitty, go down to the Turnbull house and put yourself on guard. Find anybody around there, throw 'em out.
Smitty, a Policeman: Single-handed?
Captain Tweedy: Oh, use both hands, I don't care.
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NANCY DREW LIVES ON FOREVER
12 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It always was a great joy to read Nancy Drew books and being able to see "The Hidden Staircase" was a wonderful thing Hollywood was able to give to the public in the 1940's. Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas and John Litel gave excellent performances and made the Drew characters come to life. Films in those days had a limited budget and it was an innocent age without all the blood and gore in todays films. No criticism is necessary for these Classic Films with Classic actors which are still being shown in the year 2000 and forever.


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