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Mystery on the Avalanche Express 

While on holiday in Hungary, a troubled girl uses Frank to get away from her pursuers, by kissing him. Nancy Drew is also dragged into the ploy, with a bag-switch. On the train, danger around every corner. What's next?

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Michael Sloan (teleplay), Susan Woollen (story)
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Episode credited cast:
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy
Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy
Susan Buckner ... George Fayne
Edd Byrnes ... Hans Monckton
Gary Crosby ... Yates
Vic Damone
Troy Donahue ... Alan Summerville
Fabian ... Paul Leyton
Tommy Sands ... Kanner
Deborah Walley ... Gina Bartelli
Janet Julian ... Nancy Drew (as Janet Louise Johnson)
Shepherd Sanders ... Conductor (as Shep Sanders)
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Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew (credit only)
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While on holiday in Hungary, a troubled girl uses Frank to get away from her pursuers, by kissing him. Nancy Drew is also dragged into the ploy, with a bag-switch. On the train, danger around every corner. What's next?

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Family | Mystery

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The main plot (involving Frank & Nancy and the mysterious item of value in Gina's bag) is taken from "Charade" starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn and featuring Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, James Coburn, & Ned Glass. See more »

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At the beginning when Nancy and Gina switch their blue bags, initially in the first shot, the one left behind for Nancy has a newspaper and a magazine in the side pocket. In the next shot when Nancy goes to pick it up, the side pocket is empty - newspaper and magazine are gone. See more »

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Lame
6 March 2008 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

While I'm generally a fan of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, I'm not such a fan that I can't spot a bad episode. And it seems that in Season 2, there are a lot of bad episodes. Mystery of the Avalanche Express is one of the worst. To begin with, the plot it just ridiculous. War profiteers? Asylum seekers? That's not the kind of stuff I associate the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew getting mixed up in. What happened to the haunted barns or the UFOs or the other cool mysteries? Neither the Hardys nor Nancy Drew do much of anything to solve a case or bring about a resolution to the situation. It's almost as if it's someone else's plot they just accidentally got involved in. For lack of a better word, Mystery of the Avalanche Express doesn't have the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew "feel" to it.

Next, I never cared for Janet Julian taking over the role of Nancy Drew, but in this episode, she's absolutely terrible. She's got some of the most unnaturally delivery I've heard. And she just doesn't fit the part. She looks too young. Like the scene where she's announces she a private investigator - it reminded me of a child with an overactive imagination making things up.

Finally, when The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries originally aired, they were geared toward a young demographic. Can someone please explain to me the bizarre casting decision to hire the likes of Fabian, Edd Byrnes (complete with laughable accent), Deborah Walley, Vic Damone, and a bunch of other has-beens for this episode? I'm sure the kids in 1978 were beside themselves with the anticipation of seeing Tommy Sands! I can't remember, but I'm sure I was. It's so lame!


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26 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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