Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939)





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Nancy Drew, the adolescent ace detective whose exploits have delighted girls and boys for many years, finds herself up to her neck in murder, mystery and mayhem after she wins a contest and gets to be a newspaper reporter.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Bonita Granville
as Nancy Drew
Frankie Thomas
as Ted Nickerson
John Litel
as Carson Drew
Mary Lee
as Mary Nickerson
Sheila Bromley
as Bonnie Lucas
Larry Williams
as Miles Lambert
Betty Amann
as Eula Denning
Dick Jones
as Killer Parkins
Olin Howland
as Sgt. Entwhistle
Frank Orth
as Capt.Tweedy
Charles Halton
as Newspaper Publicity Man
Joan Leslie
as Mayme
Florence Halop
as Phyllis Gimble
Lois Verner
as Theresa
Charles Smith
as Charles
Thomas Jackson
as Bostwick
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew, Reporter

All Critics (3)

...generally as breezy and amiable a piece of work as one might've expected.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

I got a big kick out of this little detective story.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The action moves along at a good clip, although there are some digressions with the neighborhood children that appear thrown in specifically to appease a young audience.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Movie Metropolis

These original Nancy Drew mysteries are appealing juvenile entertainment, sweet and naive in an old-fashioned kind of way. (The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection)

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew, Reporter


Tojo and Hitler were about to start WW2; but little Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) kept the means streets of small town America safe, as the nosy yet spunky teen who always manages to solve the crime. With her trusty friend Ted Nickerson and her speedy little roadster- she chases crooks down and brings them to justice! Bonus: Mary Nickerson sings that Swing with a version of 'little Bo peep' that rocks the house. Its great family movie. But its not in color, there's no sex or cussing, and todays teens will be too mentally challenged to handle a complicated plot with no special effects, anime monsters, or chinese space ninjas involved. But me- well i liked it!

Jerry Kimbro
Jerry Kimbro

This is a cute and quirky little movie for youngsters, but I think it sometimes tries a little too hard to be that. It was a pretty good movie, especially the humor. I think kids will like it.

Aj V
Aj V

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While trying to win a school contest to have an article published in the local paper, teenaged detective Nancy Drew comes (Granville) decides a woman on trail for murder is innocent and sets about finding the one piece of evidence that will prove her innocence. Unfortunately, the bad guys are looking for it, too. [center][img][/img] [i]Bonita Granville starred as Nancy Drew in four films. She is shown here with co-star Frank Thomas Jr. (right) and Larry Williams in a scene from "Nancy Drew - Reporter"[/i][/center] "Nancy Drew - Reporter" is the sort of the film that probably appealed to 9-year-olds in 1939--and the presence a pair of trouble-making little kids making life hard for the teenaged protagonists of the story makes sure there's someone there they can relate to--but there's not much for adults to enjoy here. I'm not sure there's even alot for modern kids to enjoy. The biggest problem is that the mystery being solved here is pretty much explained in the first few minutes, solved halfway through the movie, and ultimately resolved through dumb luck rather than detective work. The film is more concerned about presenting screwball comedic hi-jinx than a sensible detective story and it feels like there was a generic kids' comedy script sitting around that minor modifications was made to in order to make a Nancy Drew film. You may get some chuckles out the antics here, but I think this is a film you can pass on. (It's only worth getting if you acquire it as part of the Nancy Drew four-movie set that contains all the films produced by Warner Bros. in the 1930s. I'm currently working my through the set... and I hope the next two are better than this one!) Nancy Drew - Reporter Starring: Bonita Granville, Frank Thomas Jr., Mary Lee, Dickie Jones, Thomas Jackson and John Litel Director: William Clemens

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