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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)

Nancy helps two aging spinsters fulfill the byzantine provisions of their father's will, but the murder of their chauffeur complicates matters.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (original screen play), Mildred Wirt Benson (based on the Nancy Drew stories by) (as Carolyn Keene)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frank Orth ... Captain Tweedy
Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider
Vera Lewis ... Miss Rosemary Turnbull
Louise Carter ... Miss Floretta Turnbull
William Gould ... Daniel Talbert
George Guhl ... Smitty
John Ridgely ... Reporter
William Hopper ... Reporter (as DeWolf Hopper)
Creighton Hale ... Reporter
Frank Mayo ... Tribune Photographer
Frederic Tozere Frederic Tozere ... District Attorney's Investigator (as Fredric Tozere)
Don Rowan Don Rowan ... Phillips the Chauffeur
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Storyline

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a murder and save two elderly ladies from losing their family home. The old mansion is complete with a moving wall and a hidden staircase. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy Drew e a Escada Secreta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

To promote this film, Warner Bros. created a Nancy Drew fan club for teenage girls. See more »

Goofs

When Teds hands the crumpled note on torn paper to Mr. Drew, in close-up the paper is much smoother and has clean edges. See more »

Quotes

Ted Nickerson: [trying to impress the maid with a joke] A duck is a chicken with snowshoes.
Nancy Drew: And a halfwit is a person who spends half their time trying to be witty.
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Not my daughter's Nancy Drew
9 August 2014 | by lewis-51See all my reviews

This is the first of these Nancy Drew movies I have seen, having just watched it on TCM.

In general, I love movies from the 1930s, but this one was disappointing. When my daughter was growing up, I read to her every night, and often read a Nancy Drew mystery. It would usually take at least a week to finish one. They were quite good juvenile fiction, intriguing and suspenseful.

This movie has a totally different feel and tone. It is basically a comedy with a mystery subplot. Most of the characters are just silly compared to those in the books, especially Nancy, "Ted" (what's wrong with "Ned"?), and the police chief.

It got better once the staircase was discovered, and the last ten minutes or so was clever and entertaining. But still, I would much rather have a story faithful to the novels.


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