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Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter (1939)





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This entry in Warner Bros.' "Nancy Drew" series stars Bonita Granville as the plucky Nancy. Nancy's father Judge Drew is tormented by the fact that an old friend has been accused of murder. The Judge insists that Nancy not get involved in the case, but she disobeys his orders.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Bonita Granville
as Nancy Drew
Frankie Thomas
as Ted Nickerson
John Litel
as Carson Drew
Charlotte Wynters
as Edna Gregory
Aldrich Bowker
as Matt Brandon
Edgar Edwards
as Chuck Marley
Renie Riano
as Effie Schneider
Roger Imhof
as Sheriff Riggs
Erville Alderson
as Clinton Griffith
Willie Best
as Apollo Johnson
John Harron
as Greenhouse Clerk
Cliff Saum
as First Deputy Sheriff
Tom Wilson
as Second Deputy Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter

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...surely the most uneven of the teenaged sleuth's four Warner Bros. adventures...

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter

When a family friend (Bowker) is accused of murder, celebrated attorney Carson Drew (Litel) travels to a small country town to defend him at trail. As Carson builds his case and finds romance with a local lady (Wynters), his teenaged daugther Nancy (Granville) and her long-suffering friend Ted (Thomas) set about to prove his client's innocense by finding the real killers. [center][img][/img] [i]Frankie Thomas and Bonita Granville are teenaged detectives in the 1939 kids-oriented action/comedy "Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter"[/i] [/center] "Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter" is a fast-movie action/comedy with a fairly simply mystery thrown in for good measure. Its pacing and general story thrust reminds me of some of the juvenile mysteries I read as a kid, so I found it quite entertaining. (Someone who's actually read some of the original Nancy Drew books tells me that everyone is behaving very much out of character, but if taken on its own merits, this is a fun little movie.) While the thrills I'm positive this film generated for its young target audience in 1939 were far greater than those they will inspire in kids today, I think this is a film that modern youngsters might enjoy, particularly if they're readers who are interested in mysteries. The story moves fast enough and the situations that Nancy and Ted end up in are dangerous enough that I think they will be drawn into the action. It can also serve as a great conversation piece between parents and kids who may be studying American history or who just have an interest in history. It is a clear illustration of how much society has changed in the seventy years since the film's release--all the main characters featured in the film are wealthy, yet the country house the Drew's stay in doesn't have gas or running water or a phone. That's just the most obvious "study guide" element present in this film, If you like old time detective films and comedies, I think you'll be entertained by "Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter", no matter what your age. Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter Starring: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Eville Alderson, Charlotte Wynters, Willie Best and Aldrich Bowker Director: William Clemens

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