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Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 19 November 1938 (USA)
After a wealthy dowager who has made a substantial donation her alma mater suddenly disappears, Nancy Drew sets out to solve the mystery.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (original screenplay), Mildred Wirt Benson (story "The Password to Larkspur Lane") (as Carolyn Keene)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
James Stephenson ... Challon
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
Frank Orth ... Captain Tweedy
Helena Phillips Evans ... Mary Eldredge
Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider
Charles Trowbridge ... Hollister
Dick Purcell ... Keiffer
Edward Keane ... Adam Thorne (as Ed Keane)
Mae Busch ... Miss Tyson
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Storyline

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a kidnapping case of a wealthy elderly lady. Ted has to disguise himself as a nurse while Nancy beomse a "widow" in order to locate the lady they are rescuing. Written by SM <smortens@ix.netcom.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passport to Larkspur Lane See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First of four "Nancy Drew" films released by Warner Bros. from 1938 to 1939. See more »

Goofs

The wire attached to the carrier pigeon's leg to prevent it from flying off is visible a number of times. See more »

Quotes

Boy: Aw, quit disturbing the molecules!
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Connections

Referenced in Riverdale: Chapter Three: Body Double (2017) See more »

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well done
25 January 2008 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

even thought this movie was made in 1938,the picture and sound quality are excellent.there are also subtitles,which was good.the movie itself is funny,fast paced,and well acted.Bonita Granville plays the title character,and brings some sassiness to the role.i also liked the supporting cast,particularly her Sidekick Ted.i thought he had some funny lines.the chief of police was also a funny character.i thought the writing was good and i liked the story.even though the movie is 66 minutes,it didn't feel rushed or incomplete.it was well paced.this is the first of four movies in which Bonita Granville portrays Nancy,and if this any indication,i can't wait to watch the other three.for me Nancy Drew--Detective is an 8/10


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