6.9/10
653
21 user 12 critic

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)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

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 ... Phillips the Chauffeur
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Indianapolis Wednesday 24 October 1956 on WISH (Channel 8); it first aired in Albuquerque Sunday 25 November 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), and again in Albuquerque Saturday 22 December 1956 on KGGM (Channel 13). 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.
See more »

Connections

Follows Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939) See more »

User Reviews

Ditto
28 November 2002 | by westeggSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon this series, courtesy of TCM, and was pleasantly surprised by their almost effortless charm. Bonita Granville was especially well cast as Drew, and cohort Frankie Thomas shared a good onscreen chemistry with her. I too wish there were more episodes in this underrated series; one can still appreciate its breezily innocent yet often witty qualities--all too rare to find let alone do nowadays. It remains a homage to the skills of workaday backlot Hollywood, circa 1939, showcasing plenty of talent for an otherwise unassuming footnote in the Warner Bros. vault. Thanks again, TCM.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed