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Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

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

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(original screen play), (based on: Nancy Drew stories) (as Carolyn Keene)
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Frankie Thomas ...
Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
Dickie Jones ...
Killer Parkins
Mary Lee ...
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Larry Williams ...
Miles Lambert
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Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson ...
City Editor Bostwick (as Thomas Jackson)
Olin Howland ...
Police Sergeant 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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STOP THE PRESSES! Nancy's on the trail of a terrific SCOOP!

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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18 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Nancy Drew, Repórter  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Drew: A reporter has the right to do things an ordinary person shouldn't.
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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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More Fun Than I Thought
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While a really lightweight bunch of fluff, this has enough action and pleasant enough characters to manage to tell a pretty good story. I never did figure out exactly how the sought for evidence would exonerate the falsely accused young lady (he apprehension seemed to be based on some pretty flimsy evidence). But the spunky group of amateurs, including some fun kid actors, worked pretty well. I especially enjoyed the singing in the Chinese restaurant. Nancy is a bit too spunky for my tastes (actually, she seems a bit old), but how can you criticize a movie like this. There are some good comic performances. One character that really doesn't work is Nancy's father. What a dull performance. None the less, it worked OK and probably was enjoyed by the moviegoers of the time.


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