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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.

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(original screen play), (based on: Nancy Drew stories) (as Carolyn Keene)
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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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Nancy Drew, Repórter  »

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Nancy Drew: Ted, I'm positive that the woman who stole the tin can from me yesterday is Soxie's girlfriend. Now all you have to do is get him to tell you her name and where she lives.
Ted Nickerson: Maybe you'd like to know if she's got any bridgework! How will that help?
Nancy Drew: You remember Captain Tweety always said, "Cherchez la femme!" - find the woman! - the only smart thing he ever did say!
Ted Nickerson: Yeah, and he stole that!
Nancy Drew: It's true! You can always get information from women. They just love to talk!
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Nursery Rhyme Medley
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Traditional nursery rhymes sung in modified versions by Mary Lee, Dickie Jones,
Bonita Granville and Frankie Thomas at the Mandarin Cafe
Songs include: "Little Bo Peep", "Hey Diddle Diddle (The Cat and the Fiddle)", "Mary Had a Little Lamb",
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", "Rockabye Baby"
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Very Enjoyable B-Feature
6 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This very enjoyable B-feature was part of a series that starred Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew, with Frankie Thomas as her loyal and often beleaguered friend Ted. As long as you have the right expectations, it's good fun to watch. The detective story is simple but lively, and it has many pleasant light moments that make the time fly by.

In this feature (which is not one of the stories adapted directly from the books), Nancy tries her hand at being a reporter while she simultaneously attempts to clear an heiress of a murder charge. The plot is meant to be enjoyed rather than analyzed, and the settings likewise are pleasantly varied, as long as you aren't too critical of the details.

Granville probably didn't find this role much of a challenge, but she gives it exactly what is called for. She makes it believable that Nancy really could outsmart all of the 'adult' characters, and she also has plenty of lively energy. Thomas makes Ted seem appropriately fretful about Nancy's taste for adventure, yet always ready to help.

Several of the sequences work pretty well as light entertainment, and the brisk pace holds it together rather effectively. This is really just what you hope for in a B-feature - not much of a weighty nature, to be sure, but more than enough to make for an enjoyable hour or so of viewing.


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