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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, RepĆ³rter 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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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 »

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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: I guess it's just my women's intuition, but she just doesn't look like the type to poison anybody.
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Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Ted in a modified version while Nancy sneaks into the Lambert house
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Nancy Drew...Reporter is a breezy second entry in movie series
12 April 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Before Veronica Mars, there was Nancy Drew, the teenage amateur detective with an attorney father created in a series of juvenile novels by "Carolyn Keene" (not a real name). Nancy Drew...Reporter was the second of four films that starred Bonita Granville as the title character for Warner Bros. Directed at a fast pace with crackling dialogue and humorous and suspenseful moments throughout, this movie is a breeze at just 68 minutes. Wonderful supporting cast includes John Litel as Nancy's father, Frankie Thomas as Nancy's boyfriend Ted, and Mary Lee and Dickie Jones as Ted's sister and her friend who cause trouble wherever they go. The last two had a future association with Gene Autry with Lee appearing in some of his '40s movies and Dickie (later Dick) also appearing with him then starring in later TV series "Range Rider" and "Buffalo Bill, Jr." for Autry's production company. Though it stops the story, there is a wonderful swinging version of Nursery Rhymes as sung by Granville, Thomas, Lee, and Jones. Dickie would also be famous as the title character voice of Walt Disney's Pinocchio. Well worth seeing for fans of Drew and '30s programmers. P.S. Joan Leslie and Florence Halop appear as classmates of Nancy in the newsroom field trip sequence.


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