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The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981)

Follows pioneer nineteenth-century female journalist Nellie Bly and her exposes of corruption in New York City.

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Ray Buktenica ...
Kenny Thompson / Narrator
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Johnny Neesen
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Betsy Slade ...
Rose Woods
Elayne Heilveil ...
Angela Harris
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Mrs. Roman
Milton Selzer ...
Dr. Woodville
Peg Stewart ...
Mrs. Long
Betty Barry ...
Grace Palmer (as Betty Claire Barry)
Michael Ruud ...
Horrigan
Katherine Klekas ...
Miss Levy
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Follows pioneer nineteenth-century female journalist Nellie Bly and her exposes of corruption in New York City.

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11 June 1981 (USA)  »

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The Amazing Nellie Bly  »

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Filmed in 1979 but not broadcast until 1981. See more »

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Nelly Bly - pioneer women's libber
5 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Linda Purl channels Nelly Bly, a true-to-life early women's libber who proves that the fair sex can become a police beat reporter. Eschewing assignments in the leisure and fashion sections of her newspaper, she ventures into investigative reporting, a journalism category in which she pioneered. She volunteers to go undercover to investigate and consequently expose the abuses going on in a women's asylum.

Production value is high with careful stagesetting of architecture and mode of transport characterizing New York of the 1880s.

I've always wondered why Purl, who projects magnetically on screen, didn't become a bigger actress. From starring roles on TV, she later slid into supporting roles. In any case, I was an early fan and I intend to view more of her quite extensive body of work.


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