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The Mystery of Pirate's Cove 

Nancy suspects something is amiss when an abandoned lighthouse mysteriously activates.


E.W. Swackhamer


Glen A. Larson, Glen A. Larson (television developer) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Pamela Sue Martin ... Nancy Drew
Shaun Cassidy ... Joe Hardy (credit only)
Parker Stevenson ... Frank Hardy (credit only)
George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Ned Nickerson
Jean Rasey ... George Fayne
William Schallert ... Carson Drew
Monte Markham ... Professor Jack Wall
Robert Karnes ... Sheriff King
Arthur Peterson ... Old Man Jensen
Skip Ward ... 2nd Agent
Joe Penny ... Brandon
Ron Nyman ... 1st Agent


Nancy suspects something is amiss when an abandoned lighthouse mysteriously activates.

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Family | Mystery


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George O'Hanlon Jr., Ned Nickerson, went on to play Sgt. Rafferty in Jake and the Fatman which starred Joe Penny, Brandon . See more »


When Nancy, George and Ned first visit the lighthouse with the policeman, it is stated in dialogue that it is supposed to be the middle of the night. However the sky is brilliant blue with clouds visible, suggesting the scene takes place in broad daylight. (In the 70s such "day for night" shooting was commonplace, but you usually didn't end up with bright blue sky in the background). See more »

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A great first Nancy Drew episode
14 February 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Nancy and her friends see a light coming from a lighthouse that's been abandoned for years. Nancy begins investigating only to discover the lighthouse has recently been sold to a professor specializing in paranormal research. Could the light have been some sort of ghostly light? Nancy is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious lighthouse.

It was impossible for me to watch this The Secret of Pirate's Cove and not compare it with the previous episode. Unlike the first Hardy Boys episode in the series, the first Nancy Drew episode hits all the marks. This episode, The Secret of Pirate's Cove, has everything that I argued was missing from the previous episode, The Mystery of the Haunted House. For starters, there's a lighthouse that is supposedly haunted. There's also a legend of pirate treasure and men being buried alive. Add to that the mystery of the dying fish, tunnels under the lighthouse, and footprints that disappear - all the ingredients are here for a top-notch Nancy Drew mystery. It doesn't hurt any either that, unlike the first episode, we as viewers are included in all the plot details from the beginning. And, it doesn't hurt that the story is smaller in scale involving a local legend.

Overall, a very nice episode (I'll have to see if ends up being one of the best) that I'll easily rate an 8/10.

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Release Date:

6 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Newport, Oregon, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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