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The Mystery of the Ghostwriters' Cruise 

An attempt by someone is being made to force a famous mystery writer to relive one of his novels before killing him.


Alvin Ganzer


Glen A. Larson (television developer), Mildred Wirt Benson (books) (as Carolyn Keene) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
David Wayne ... John Addams
H.M. Wynant ... Peter Howard
Les Lannom ... George Tompkins
Susan Woollen ... Cathy Addams
Dane Clark ... Capt. Powers
Joan Prather ... Adriane
Reb Brown ... Tony Rosselli
Derek Murcott ... 1st Mate
Leone James ... Interviewer


An attempt by someone is being made to force a famous mystery writer to relive one of his novels before killing him.

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Family | Mystery


Did You Know?


The character of George Fayne undergoes major alterations with this episode. Although still played by the same actress, the character is portrayed as more confident, less nerdy, and more attractive than the dowdy characterization featured in earlier episodes. This renovation carries on into the next Nancy Drew installment. See more »

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Nancy takes a cruise -
7 June 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Nancy and George take a cruise with their friend Cathy and Cathy's uncle, John Addams. Mr Addams is a renowned mystery writer who has just announced his retirement. Weird things immediately start happening and it becomes apparent to Nancy that someone is trying to harm Mr Addams. The would-be killer is using one of the writer's first books as a guide for murder. Can Nancy uncover the truth in time?

While I do have some serious issues with The Mystery of the Ghostwriters' Cruise, it's still one of the better Nancy Drew episodes. It's packed with excitement and mystery. My favorite bits have to be the spooky tape recording, the deadly lamp, and the threat written in the scrapbook. What's not to like? The episode also has atmosphere to spare. The ship is downright creepy. I even enjoyed the George/George relationship schtick. What could have been super-annoying was anything but. To me, it was actually very funny. Another plus for The Mystery of the Ghostwriters' Cruise is David Wayne as John Addams. Wayne was a very competent actor who I always seem to enjoy. Finally, the ending is nicely handled. There seems to be some real danger present. Nancy is in a literal race to save the day. Good stuff.

My biggest issue with the episode concerns the killer's overly elaborate plan. Take the fake tidal wave sequence as an example. How in God's name could anyone have pulled that off without being discovered? What kind of training in electronics and ship design would this have taken? And how was the trained and experienced crew so easily tricked? It just doesn't make sense. There's no logic behind any of it. But then again, who really cares when you're having this much fun.

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1 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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