The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection (Detective / Reporter / Troubleshooter / Hidden Staircase)
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- Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)
- Nancy Drew: Reporter (1939)
- Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter (1939)
- Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)
- Theatrical trailers
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In Nancy Drew - Detective, wealthy alumna Mary Eldredge wants to leave $250,000 to Nancy's school but suddenly disappears. Nancy's doctor reports being kidnapped to treat an old woman in a secret place, to gain entry to which, one must use the password `Blue Bells'. An injured carrier pigeon shows up with a message containing the password. Nancy goes to work to find out what happened to the alumna and to get the money for the school. Nancy and Ted disguise themselves. The story is based on `Password to Larkspur Lane'.
In Nancy Drew - Reporter, Nancy, entered in a newspaper's reporting contest, visits a coroner's inquest and decides the likely defendant is innocent. The key to the case is finding the tin can the poison came in because the can preserves all fingerprints, including the real murderer's. Ted has to box, and a hotel sign provides fun.
In Nancy Drew - Trouble Shooter, a family friend at Sylvan Lake is accused of murder. When a dead man is found under a rare, tropical flower in a field, Nancy starts to snoop. She is not happy that her father enjoys the company of a woman neighbor. Nancy and Ted get to ride in a biplane.Read more ›
For my money, Bonita Granville truly brought Nancy Drew to life. No one else could have even come close. Sad that her career was so frustratingly short, as she was a wonderful and, in these films, exuberant actress.
Now we can enjoy these films, with Bonita/Nancy, forever young and full of life nearly 70 years later. Would love to see more of her films on DVD in the near future. (Are you listening, Warner Bros.?)
First, we have Nancy Drew: Detective, a film about an elderly benefactor who plans to donate much of her fortune to the girls' school that Nancy attends. Before she can donate the money, though, she disappears. Nancy is positive she has been kidnapped, despite the little evidence to support the claim. Along with the help of Ted Nickerson (Frankie Thomas) and her lawyer father (John Litel), she finds that there is a plot afoot, and it might be more dangerous than she originally suspected.
In Nancy Drew: Reporter, Nancy switches her throw-away assignment for the local newspaper in favor of a murder trial. She knows that the woman is innocent, even though the evidence is stacked against her. If only Nancy could get her father to represent the case! But as always, Nancy takes things into her own hands, and ropes Ted into the deal.
Nancy Drew can't stand the sight of her father falling for a woman in Nancy Drew: Troubleshooter. They venture to the country so her father can work on a case against his friend, Nancy's "Uncle Matt," who has been accused of murder. They're safe, until they find the body of the missing man, and unfortunately the evidence is against good-old Matt. Nancy is suspicious as always, and looks into things a little deeper.Read more ›
That said, I found the movies entertaining--the dialogue was brisk, the plots fun, the characters funny, but most of all, I love the chemistry between Nancy and her boyfriend Ned (I refuse to call him Ted). There is that romantic tension there--a bit more than pals, but not quite lovey dovey--and though Ned whines whenever he's dragged by Nancy into one of her wild schemes, he's ever loyal, dependable and protective--not to mention, cute, too. Bonita Granville grew on me after the first few minutes--she makes for an appealing, energetic and attractive Nancy.
It was also fun to get to know some of the lingo, fashion and details of everyday life in the 1930s. A clean, fun screwball comedy, these are movies I'm able to watch with the kids--second-generation Nancy Drew readers themselves. My only complaint would be the stereotypical depictions of some ethnic groups, the changes from the books (especially the way Mr. Drew treats the housekeeper), and the (unnecessary) appearance of two bratty children in the second movie, but other than that, I had a good time watching them. Too bad the series ended with the fourth movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband and I enjoy watching these older movies. I am still searching for a complete set of Nancy Drew movies starring Bonita Granville.Published 4 months ago by MaryM
These four movies are great! They are funny and entertaining, and I have rewatched them multiple times. Any Nancy Drew fan will enjoy them!Published 4 months ago by S
Enjoyable! Bonita Granville was perfect for the role. DVD was very fine considering the age of the movies.Published 4 months ago by Joseph Schultz
The first time I ordered this DVD one of the movies did not work. Then, I ordered it again and the same exact movie did not work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brittney
The 7 to 13 crowd would have enjoyed this far more than I. But, of course, these movies were geared for that audience.Published 7 months ago by Michael T. Donahoe