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Nancy Drew ... Reporter
     

Nancy Drew ... Reporter

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Director: William B. Clemens, John Langan, Bonita Granville, John Litel

Cast: William B. Clemens, John Langan, Bonita Granville, John Litel

 

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The second entry in Warner Bros.' popular detective series, Nancy Drew, Reporter presented young sleuth Bonita Granville at her busybody best. This time, the irrepressible Miss Drew has entered a junior newspaper-reporter contest and, determined to win, insinuates herself into the ongoing investigation of the Lambert murder. Despite overwhelming evidence, Nancy

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The second entry in Warner Bros.' popular detective series, Nancy Drew, Reporter presented young sleuth Bonita Granville at her busybody best. This time, the irrepressible Miss Drew has entered a junior newspaper-reporter contest and, determined to win, insinuates herself into the ongoing investigation of the Lambert murder. Despite overwhelming evidence, Nancy refuses to believe that the murder victim's young ward (Betty Amann) is the culprit and instead shadows a mysterious man (Jack Perry) sporting a cauliflower ear. The brutish stranger and his floozy of a girlfriend (Sheila Bromley) lead Nancy and her faithful sidekick, Ted Nickerson (Frankie Thomas Jr.), on a merry chase that, naturally, ends with the apprehension of the real murderer. Trapped in the Bledenburg Hotel along the way, Nancy and Ted ingeniously call attention to their plight by changing the hostelry's neon sign to "Bedbug Hotel." Juvenile stars Granville and Thomas are this time aided by teenage singer Mary Lee, of Gene Autry Western fame, and child actor Dickie Jones, the latter insisting on imitating Donald Duck. A highlight of the film has the four youngsters performing swing versions of nursery rhymes in order to pay for their Chinese dinner.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Like other films in the series, Nancy Drew, Reporter seems to be drawn not so much from the popular Carolyn Keene series of mystery novels as from bits and pieces of other, often much better films. Thus, Bonita Granville's interpretation of the title character, while winning and appropriate in the context of the film, has almost nothing in common with the Nancy of the books. Instead, she's a generic teenager as filtered through a celluloid lens -- energetic, bubbly, impulsive, dramatic, wholesome, naïve, and somewhat flighty. Ted is a malleable piece of putty for Nancy's hands, more comic relief than romantic interest. And Mary and Killer come across as slightly older refugees from an Our Gang short. The plot is also fairly standard issue, and can easily be stopped to allow this quartet of kids to literally sing for their supper in a sequence that has nothing to do with the film. Still, in spite of all this, Reporter is pretty good "cute" entertainment, and a step up from the first entry in the Nancy Drew series. The story is a bit more involving, the sequence in which Nancy changes the letter sign the hotel sign is effective, the basic overall premise of a journalism contest is fine, and the younger kids' fireworks shenanigans are actually worked into the story's outcome. The direction is fast and fairly fluid, and if Ted's boxing impersonation and Tweedy's cross-dressing don't make much sense, they're still amusing. All in all, average but enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
UPC:
0089218405692
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:08:00
Sales rank:
55,307

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bonita Granville Nancy Drew
John Litel Carson Drew
Mary Lee Mary
Sheila Bromley Bonnie Lucas
Larry Williams Miles Lambert
Betty Amann Eula Denning
Dick Jones Killer Parkins
Olin Howland Sgt. Entwhistle
Frank Orth Capt.Tweedy
Florence Halop Actor
Charles Halton Actor
Charles B. Smith Actor
Lois Verner Actor
Jack Wagner Actor
Thomas E. Jackson Bostwick
Frankie Thomas Ted Nickerson
Joan Leslie Bit Part

Technical Credits
William B. Clemens Director
John Langan Director
Frank Dewar Editor
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Bryan Foy Producer
Kenneth Gamet Screenwriter
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Play [12:00]
2. Chapter 1 [14:03]
3. Chapter 2 [15:15]
4. Chapter 3 [12:53]
5. Chapter 4 [13:28]

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Nancy Drew ... Reporter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie on turner classic movies and it was really good. if you love nancy drew books, you'll love this movie!