Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939)
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as Nancy Drew
as Ted Nickerson
as Carson Drew
as Mary Nickerson
as Bonnie Lucas
as Miles Lambert
as Eula Denning
as Killer Parkins
as Sgt. Entwhistle
as Newspaper Publicity Man
as Phyllis Gimble
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew, Reporter
...generally as breezy and amiable a piece of work as one might've expected.
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.
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!
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.
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]http://www.geocities.com/nuelow/movnancydrewrep.jpg[/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