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Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 18 February 1939 (USA)
Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
Dickie Jones ... Killer Parkins
Mary Lee ... Mary
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Miles Lambert
Betty Amann ... Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Bostwick - City Editor (as Thomas Jackson)
Olin Howland ... Police Sgt. Entwhistle
Sheila Bromley ... Bonnie Lucas
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Storyline

While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence, and they stumble onto the identity of the real killer. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

STOP THE PRESSES! Nancy's on the trail of a terrific SCOOP!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy Drew, Repórter See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Ted gets out of Nancy's car to rush to his tennis date, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the backs of people passing by, especially on the woman in the light-colored coat. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Drew: A reporter has the right to do things an ordinary person shouldn't.
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Connections

Followed by Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Nursery Rhyme Medley
(uncredited)
Traditional nursery rhymes sung in modified versions by Mary Lee, Dickie Jones,
Bonita Granville and Frankie Thomas at the Mandarin Cafe
Songs include: "Little Bo Peep", "Hey Diddle Diddle (The Cat and the Fiddle)", "Mary Had a Little Lamb",
"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", "Rockabye Baby"
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Enjoyable film, suitable for kids
9 February 2004 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

The Nancy Drew series of films was made by Warner Brothers as part of their B-picture unit and was intended for viewing primarily by children. Nancy Drew...Reporter is a fine example of the series. The film was highly enjoyable, the acting was excellent, very clever bits in the plot. The film holds up just as well today, and makes a fine movie for children to sit down and watch. The film is in the public domain and can be found on DVD, Video, and TV.


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