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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 ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy Drew e a Escada Secreta See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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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 »

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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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Follows Nancy Drew: Detective (1938) See more »

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Who Wants Those Little Old Ladies to Leave
15 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wills like this one are usually only found in mystery novels. Two spinster sisters were left property by their father on the condition that at least one of them remain there every night for twenty years at which time they can sell out. Otherwise it reverts to the city. That certainly must have cramped their social life, no wonder they remained spinsters.

But when the family chauffeur is murdered and other strange things happen our teenage heroine goes to work. As usual Bonita is helped by Frankie who it seems she can talk into just about anything in these films including having all American football player Thomas lose his clothes and have to get into drag which was an offense back in the day.

In three of the four films law enforcement is represented by Frank Orth as the local police captain. Seeing Orth in what was his career role as the bumbling Captain Tweedy, no wonder they need Granville's help whenever a serious crime occurs.

There would be no more Nancy Drew films after this as Granville left Warner Brothers. It was a nice series and I'm sure the kids in the Saturday matinée crowd enjoyed it. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler were not threatened by Carolyn Keene though.


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