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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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City Editor Bostwick (as Thomas Jackson)
Olin Howland ...
Police Sergeant Entwhistle
Sheila Bromley ...
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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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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: [to Ted as the murderer is headed for their room] Well! Do something!
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Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #39.19 (2008) See more »

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Something Tells Me
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Ted and Nancy go into Maxie's Gymnasium
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Oh go ahead and watch it - you know you want to....
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very enjoyable movie. Oh sure, there will be the people who analyze everything to the last degree who will find things to complain about. But for a fun, lighthearted 68 minutes be sure to watch the movie. Since I never read a Nancy Drew book I don't know how close it was to the character, but this one was about teenager Nancy getting herself into and out of plenty of scrapes and near disasters. She takes on a murder case as a mis-representing cub reporter and gets her father lawyer to help the accused lady whom she feels was framed and innocent. She sneaks into the murder house where one of the bad guys is hiding and watching her. I found myself feeling the suspense. Bonita Granville does a great job. I didn't like her in the part at first but she won me over fast. She apparently did other Nancy Drew movies and now I will have to keep a look out for them. She also did some Andy Hardy movies with Mickey Rooney and was a producer of the Lassie TV series. The younger sister of the male lead was Mary Lee and was in some Gene Autry movies and if that was her really singing in this movie, wow what a voice for a young girl! The younger brother Dickie Jones went on to become Buffalo Bill Jr on TV when he was a bit older and I remember watching and liking him in that show. John Litel as the father and of course, he was in so many movies over the years and always did a professional job. The movie is just plain, good old fashioned fun - give it a watch.


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