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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.

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(original screenplay), (story "The Password to Larkspur Lane") (as Carolyn Keene)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Nancy Drew
... Carson Drew
... Challon
... Ted Nickerson
... Captain Tweedy
... Mary Eldredge
... Effie Schneider
... Hollister
... Keiffer
... Adam Thorne (as Ed Keane)
... Miss Tyson
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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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Nancy la detective  »

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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 wire attached to the carrier pigeon's leg to prevent it from flying off is visible a number of times. See more »

Quotes

Carson Drew: Those men are not going to stand for Nancy Drew poking her little nose into their affairs.
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Connections

Followed by Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939) See more »

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"Gosh, it's an eternal mystery to me how anybody as smart as your father could raise such a dizzy daughter."
4 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

First in the short series of Nancy Drew movies made in 1938/39. The mystery here has Nancy (Bonita Granville) searching for a missing wealthy dowager and tangling with crooks. Granville is dynamite in probably her most famous role. John Litel is good as Nancy's encouraging but protective father. Frankie Thomas plays her sidekick, best friend, and would-be boyfriend. Great female role model for young girls, way ahead of its time. I never read the books so I can't say how close to the source material these movies are, but I enjoy them. Fun script, likable characters,and short runtime make for an entertaining B detective movie. Not the best in the series but good.


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