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Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 17 June 1939 (USA)
When a close friend of the Drew family is accused of murder in a rural community, Nancy, aided by boyfriend Ted, helps her lawyer father expose the real killers.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Aldrich Bowker ... Matt Brandon
Charlotte Wynters ... Edna Gregory
Edgar Edwards ... 'Chuck' Marley
Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Sheriff Barney Riggs
Erville Alderson ... Clint Griffith
Willie Best ... Apollo Johnson
John Harron ... Greenhouse Clerk
Cliff Saum Cliff Saum ... First Deputy Sheriff
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Milt - Second Deputy Sheriff
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Storyline

Nancy Drew clears her Uncle Matt of murder charges when she exposes the real murderers. She and Ted find themselves in many dangerous positions such as trying to fly an airplane after the pilot parachuted out and being face-to-face with the murderer. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los apuros de Nancy See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film series from Warner Bros. specifically aimed at the youth market. The studio hoped it would compete with MGM's highly successful "Andy Hardy" series. But, after the fourth and last "Nancy Drew" film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), Bonita Granville would move to MGM where she would play "Kay Wilson", Andy Hardy's college girlfriend in two films of that series: Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) and Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946). See more »

Goofs

When Nancy and her father get to the house in the country, from the outside the blind on the door covers only part of the top panes of glass. But, in the next shot from inside, it's below the top two panes. Also, from outside the panes are rectangular and from the inside they are square. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Drew: Oh, Apollo, everybody knows there aren't any ghosts.
Apollo Johnson: Uh-uh. Not everybody.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

I'm Happy About the Whole Thing
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the ice cream party
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Willie Best discovers a corpse...
15 June 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When a ranchowner's body is found buried on his own land, it's up to Nancy Drew to solve another murder in NANCY DREW--TROUBLE SHOOTER. And once again, BONITA GRANVILLE decides that she and FRANKIE THOMAS must go about solving the crime despite the warnings of her father (JOHN LITEL) to stay away from the case.

Nancy's other concern is that her father is being too chummy with a woman he seems to be attracted to. But mostly, she's bubbling with energy as she and Frankie Thomas set out on another adventure while racing around the countryside in her roadster. A tropical flower and a greenhouse figure importantly in the plot.

So does a crop duster airplane. The film is an improvement over the first two entries as far as production values go. The B&W photography is crisp and the sets look as if more money was spent on them. The crop duster sequence is milked for all it's worth and ends the film with a wallop of a ride.

Summing up: Better than average entry in the series.


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