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Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 19 November 1938 (USA)
After a wealthy dowager who has made a substantial donation her alma mater suddenly disappears, Nancy Drew sets out to solve the mystery.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (original screenplay), Mildred Wirt Benson (story "The Password to Larkspur Lane") (as Carolyn Keene)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
James Stephenson ... Challon
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
Frank Orth ... Captain Tweedy
Helena Phillips Evans ... Mary Eldredge
Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider
Charles Trowbridge ... Hollister
Dick Purcell ... Keiffer
Edward Keane ... Adam Thorne (as Ed Keane)
Mae Busch ... Miss Tyson
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Storyline

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a kidnapping case of a wealthy elderly lady. Ted has to disguise himself as a nurse while Nancy beomse a "widow" in order to locate the lady they are rescuing. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passport to Larkspur Lane See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted from the "Nancy Drew" novel, "The Password to Larkspur Lane," first published in 1933. The original author of the novel was Walter Karig (using the Stratemayer Syndicate house pseudonym, "Carolyn Keene"). In the "Nancy Drew" books, Nancy's boyfriend is named Ned Nickerson. For the 1938-39 movie series, his name was changed to Ted Nickerson (played by Frankie Thomas). See more »

Goofs

The boom mic is visible reflected in the paint on the upper left side of the rumble seat when the guard goes to open it up at the gate as the car is leaving the Hennessey Estate on Larkspur Lane. See more »

Quotes

Effie Schneider, Drew's Maid: I didn't know you wanted to be a lawyer.
Nancy Drew: Oh yes, I think every intelligent woman should have a career.
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Connections

Referenced in Riverdale: Chapter Three: Body Double (2017) See more »

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Lassie's producer as the heroine of many young girls
14 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Bonita Granville plays smart, courageous, spunky Nancy Drew in this programmer based on the novels by Caroline Keene. It's been a long time since I read any Nancy Drews, or since my mother read the books, but one remembers every detail. The roadster, her friend named George, her boyfriend named Ned, and the Drew housekeeper named Hannah. For reasons known only to the studio, Ned is now Ted (guess they didn't like the alliteration), there's no George (guess they didn't want a girl with a boy's name) and the housekeeper is named Effie (you tell me why). Nancy still has her roadster.

The Nancy Drew mysteries are wonderful reads, and this film was fun to watch, even with the little changes. Bonita Granville, who, as Bonita Granville Wrather became the producer of the "Lassie" TV series, certainly looks like Nancy (who in the books was always having "luncheon"). I had always envisioned while reading the books a more sophisticated, less madcap Nancy, but Granville's energetic (almost hyper) characterization fits a film portrayal well. Ned is a little bit of a goof, but a smart one. John Litel was right casting as Carson Drew, Nancy's father, a widower who didn't date.

The plot can be figured out in the first ten seconds, but these movies were for the teen-aged audience who knew the books. Very enjoyable, and a slice of '30s life which is no more.


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