Nancy Drew... Reporter
Hal B.Wallis (executive), Jack L.Warner (executive) for First National, Warner Brothers
directed by William Clemens
starring Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas, Jack Perry, Larry Williams, Olin Howland, Betty Amann, Dickie Jones, Thomas E.Jackson, Sheila Bromley, Frank Orth, Pat West, George Guhl, Hooper Atchley, Frankie Burke, Nat Carr, Jimmy Conlin, Clyde Courtright, Jimmie Fox, Paul Fung, Willia Fung, Chester Gan, Jack A.Goodrich, Sol Gorss, William Gould, Kit Guard, Florence Halop, Charles Halton, Al Herman, Harry Hollingsworth, Jack Kenny, Joan Leslie, George Lloyd, Charles Marsh, Leonard Mudie, George Offerman jr, Renie Riano, Jack Richardson, John Ridgely, Betty Roadman, Jessie Perry, Charles Smith, Lois Verner, Jack Wagner
screenplay by Kenneth Gamet, based on characters and stories by Carolyn Keene (= Mildred Wirt Benson), muusic by Heinz Roemheld
Nancy Drew, Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville)
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Student Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) has entered a student journalism
program where she and other students compete to write the best article for
a newspaper. But when her assignment turns out to be less than promising,
she just steals an assignment from a real reporter to attend the pre-trial
of one Eulah Denning (Betty Amann), who is supposed to have killed her
foster mother and who seems to be as good as guilty - if it wasn't for a
tin can that contained the poison the foster mother was killed with that's
supposed to show the fingerprints of the real killer ... but the tin can
simply cannot be found.
Nancy believes in Eulah's innocence though, and
then, rather by accident, she follows a thug, Soxie Anthens (Jack Perry),
to Eulah's house, and she figures he has to have something to do with it.
From now on, Nancy puts her heart and soul into the investigations, and
she coaxes her boyfriend Teddy (Frankie Thomas) and even her lawyer father
(John Litel) into helping her, investigaions that lead to Teddy doing a
round of boxing against Soxie, a former pro, in a gym, Nancy and Teddy
with his sister and her boyfriend (Mary Lee, Dickie Jones) giving a
musical performance in a nightclub, and the like.
figures everything out: Miles (Larry Williams), the nephew of the dead
woman, has joined forces with Soxie and his girlfriend (Sheila Bromley) to
get rid of her and put the blame on Eulah so Miles can inherit - but
somehow, Nancy manages to pit Soxie and Miles against each other by using
Soxie's jealousy against him, then puts a phony headline into the paper to
lure Miles to Soxie's hotelroom. And with the help of a police sergeant in
drag (Olin Howland) and a bugging device, she can prove Soxie and Miles
guilty, and finally get hold of them with the help of the entire police
Totally harmless yet somewhat charming murder mystery
from the low budget end of the genre, that profits from a light-footed
lively screenplay, a great cast of character actors, and a spirited
performance by Bonita Granville as amateur detective who has to do things
on her allowance that really carries the movie. Not great, but nice, and
probably better than you would expect a family movie to be.