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The Original Nancy Drew: Movie Mystery Collection (Detective / Reporter / Troubleshooter / Hidden Staircase)
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These four classic, 1938 black-and-white Nancy Drew hour-long films directed by William Clemens (not the 2007 movie starring Emma Roberts) feature Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew, John Litel as Carson Drew, and Frankie Thomas as Ted Nickerson. Based on the character from the book series first published in 1930, the headstrong teenager Nancy Drew has a knack for winding up right in the middle of a mystery, and neither her father nor friend Ted can talk Nancy into doing what they consider the sensible thing: letting the police handle the detective work. With a curious mix of early feminism and cultural chauvinism, a dichotomy representative of late-1930s society, Nancy investigates each mystery with fervor, usually dragging her friend Ted into the thick of the investigation and demonstrating a complete disregard for her personal safety or the safety of her friends and family in her determination to track down the perpetrator. Sharp-witted and quick to pick up on the smallest, seemingly insignificant details, Nancy often succeeds where the local Police Captain Tweedy (Frank Orth) fails. Nancy Drew, Detective presents the story of an elderly benefactress unscrupulously detained at a sanatorium, while Reporter and Trouble Shooter are murder mysteries, and Hidden Staircase deals with a combined murder and attempt to dupe two elderly women. While somewhat ponderously paced by modern standards, these original Nancy Drew adventures are quality suspense mysteries that deserve their classic designation. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
- 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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Nancy's boyfriend, Ted Nickerson, is always working or planning something fun like fishing, when Nancy comes along and talks him into helping her solve a mystery, which always means putting Ted in danger. Ted always begins to say "no", how he already has plans, yet Nancy always manages to charm him into helping her. Nancy and Ted are just good friends, rather than officially boyfriend and girlfriend. So Nancy always makes sure Ted does not get too interested in other girls. Nancy always has good motives, but her plans often don't go as planned, getting Ted into trouble.
The first film "Detective" is fair at best. Scenes like Nancy calling the police captain a fool, and her lawyer-father calling his elderly maid an idiot set the tone for a poor script.
I wish they had made more episodes, because after the first film, they began hitting on some good themes that they could have run with.
The Nancy - Ted (in the books, he was Ned) relationship was completely different and her friends never appeared in the movies. Still, considering the omissions and variations, the shows were worth watching.
THE KENNEL MURDER CASE is sharp and clear with great contrast! The mystery is quite intricate and absorbing, I bought this for the next title but ended up thoroughly enjoying this mystery. You will want to see it again and again to find all of the clues.
NANCY DREW REPORTER is also sharp and clear, but there are a few scratches in the print used (not bad). Still it is an excellent presenation. The story is a bit juvinile, but then that is what Nancy Drew was aimed at.
It is a strange pairing of mysteries.
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The “Nancy Drew” novels were written in the 1930's to provide entertainment for girls and other readers.Read more