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Nancy Drew... Reporter -- Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.


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Kenneth Gamet (original screen play)
Mildred Wirt Benson (based on: Nancy Drew stories)
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Release Date:
18 February 1939 (USA) See more »
STOP THE PRESSES! Nancy's on the trail of a terrific SCOOP!
Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Cozy Movie! See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew

John Litel ... Carson Drew

Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)

Dickie Jones ... Killer Parkins

Mary Lee ... Mary
Larry Williams ... Miles Lambert

Betty Amann ... Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson ... City Editor Bostwick (as Thomas Jackson)

Olin Howland ... Police Sergeant Entwhistle

Sheila Bromley ... Bonnie Lucas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hooper Atchley ... The Chemist (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Tracy (uncredited)

Frankie Burke ... Beldenburg Hotel Bellboy (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Dr. Carey - the Coroner (uncredited)

Glen Cavender ... Newspaper Office Worker / Bedbug Hotel Passerby (uncredited)
Loia Cheaney ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)

Steve Clark ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Newspaper Morgue-Keeper (uncredited)
Clyde Courtright ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Deputy Coroner (uncredited)

Edgar Edwards ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jimmie Fox ... Gym Trainer (uncredited)
Paul Fung ... Mandarin Cafe Waiter (uncredited)

Willie Fung ... Mandarin Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)

Chester Gan ... Mandarin Cafe Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Photographer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Citizen Driver (uncredited)

William Gould ... The Judge (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Passerby During Chase (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Man at Gym Counter (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Police Guard at Lambert Estate (uncredited)

Florence Halop ... Phyllis Gimble - Journalism Student (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Newspaper Publicity Man (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Gym Spectator (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Gym Spectator with Cigar (uncredited)

Joan Leslie ... Mayme - Journalism Student (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Pedestrian Outside Hotel (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Maxie - Gym Attendant (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Beldenburg Hotel Engineer (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Man Leaving Courthouse (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Admission Collector at Gym (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Deputy Coroner (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Deputy District Attorney Garrett (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Tribune Office Boy (uncredited)

Frank Orth ... Captain Tweedy (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Man at Gym Gate (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Soxie Anthens (uncredited)
Jessie Perry ... Second Prison Matron (uncredited)

Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider - Drew Housekeeper (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Joe - Taxi Driver (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Beldenburg Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Betty Roadman ... First Prison Matron (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Policeman Outside Courthouse (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... Charles - Journalism Student (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Gym Spectator (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Lois Verner ... Theresa - Journalism Student (uncredited)
Jack Wagner ... Jack - Journalism Student (uncredited)
Pat West ... Jake - Gym Trainer (uncredited)
Leo White ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Walter Young ... Doctor Hibbard (uncredited)

Directed by
William Clemens 
Writing credits
Kenneth Gamet (original screen play)

Mildred Wirt Benson (based on: Nancy Drew stories) (as Carolyn Keene)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld  (as H. Roemheld)
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
Film Editing by
Frank DeWar  (as Frank Dewar)
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Other crew
John Langan .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)

Additional Details

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #4838)

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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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in One Rogue Reporter (2014)See more »
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Cozy Movie!, 2 February 2002
Author: orzobino from crystal coast nc

A pleasant movie with old cars, chase scenes singing etc. Bonita is very charming as Nancy and the relationship with her boyfriend is developed just right. Teds sister and sidekick really dont offer much and could have been done away with or limited.All in all its far beter than todays sex and violence.

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