Nancy Drew, Reporter (February 18, 1939)
Released on February 18, 1939: (running time 68 minutes) High school girl Nancy Drew gets a school assignment to write a cute story for the local newspaper, but she and her friend Ted decide to solve a murder mystery instead.
Produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner
Directed by William Clemens
Written by Kenneth Garnet and Mildred Wirt Benson
The Actors: Bonita Granville (Nancy Drew), John Litel (Carson Drew), Frankie Thomas (Ted Nickerson), Mary Lee (Mary Nickerson), Dickie Jones (Killer Parkins), Larry Williams (Miles Lambert), Betty Amann (Eula Denning), Thomas E. Jackson (City Editor Bostwick), Olin Howland (Sergeant Entwhistle), Jimmy Conlin (the newspaper morgue-keeper), and Sheila Bromley (Bonnie Lucas) Hooper Atchley (the chemist), Irving Bacon (Tracy), Frankie Burke (Beldenburg Hotel bellboy), Nat Carr (Dr. Carey the coroner), Glen Cavender (office worker and a Bedbug Hotel passerby), Loia Cheaney (office worker), Steve Clark (pedestrian), Clyde Courtright (hotel doorman), John Dilson (deputy coroner), Edgar Edwards (the drunk), Jimmie Fox (boxing gym trainer), Paul Fung (Mandarin Cafe waiter), Willie Fung (Mandarin Cafe proprietor), Chester Gan (Mandarin Cafe headwaiter), Jack A. Goodrich (photographer in the court room), Sol Gorss (citizen driver), William Gould (the judge), Eddie Graham (passerby during the chase), Kit Guard (man at the gym counter with phone), George Guhl (police guard at the Lambert Estate), Florence Halop (Phyllis Gimble, one of the journalism students), Charles Halton (newspaper publicity man), Al Herman (boxing gym spectator), Harry Hollingsworth (policeman), Jack Kenney (Gym spectator), Joan Leslie (Mayme, a journalism student), Al Lloyd (pedestrian outside hotel), George Lloyd (Maxie the boxing gym attendant), Charles Marsh (Beldenburg Hotel engineer), Frank Mayo (man leaving the courthouse), Jack Mower (deputy coroner), Leonard Mudie (Deputy District Attorney Garrett), George Offerman Jr. (Tribune newspaper office boy), Frank Orth (Captain Tweedy), Bob Perry (man at the gym gate), Jack Perry (Soxie Anthens), Jessie Perry (the second prison matron), Renie Riano (Effie Schneider, the Drew housekeeper), John J. Richardson (Joe the taxi driver),John Ridgely (Beldenburg Hotel desk clerk), Betty Roadman (the first prison matron), Cliff Saum (policeman outside the courthouse), Charles Smith (Charles a journalism student), Charles Sullivan (boxing gym spectator), Elliott Sullivan (pedestrian), Lois Verner (Theresa, a journalism student), Jack Wagner (Jack, a journalism student), Pat West (Jake, a boxing gym trainer), Leo White (office worker), Jack Wise (office worker), Walter Young (Doctor Hibbard).
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I remember my older sister Carol Berkey as a teen eagerly reading all of the Nancy Drew Mysteries that she could find, and I was jealous . . . I wanted to read exciting detective mystery stories, but not about . . . . GIRLS . . . Luckily my father told me to go to the library and ask to be shown the Hardy Boys mysteries and the Tom Swift sci-fi adventures that he had read as a youngster.
I spent many happy childhood hours engrossed in exciting adventures with young teen boys as the leading characters. Of course Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Tom Swift were all created long before Carol and I were even born . . . . Maybe my eagerness to experience those stories from a time before I existed helped nurture my current excitement for motion picture stories from a time so long ago. Experiencing stories from past generations is like climbing into a time machine and traveling to far away and unique places . . .
Nancy Drew is the 16 year old daughter of a wealthy small town lawyer, and she just cannot help snooping into everyone else's business, and in the process solve a crime mystery. She had her own blue convertible car, and was well educated, with the personality of a devil-may-care adventuress who wouldn't let anything or anyone get in the way of her curiosity.
In 1933 Macy's department store ordered a huge 6,000 copies of the new Nancy Drew adventure book to sell during the Christmas season, and they sold out in a couple of days. This is the second movie about teenage girl detective Nancy Drew, and I believe the only one in public domain.
In this episode, Nancy has a school assignment to write a story for the local newspaper, but instead of the cute little story she is assigned, she goes to a grand jury hearing about the death of an elderly lady. It is determined that the old lady was poisoned, and all of the evidence points to a young lady that is the sole beneficiary of the old gal's estate.
Nancy is certain that the young lady must be innocent, and sets out to find the real killer, getting her neighbor boy friend Ted to help her. Nancy's search for clues gets Ted and herself into several jams, but she and Ted, with the help of a cop dressed up as an old lady, the real killer is chased and captured by Nancy, Ted and the police. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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