Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a murder and save two elderly ladies from losing their family home. The old mansion is complete with a moving wall and a hidden staircase.
As far as I know Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase would be the last Nancy Drew movie for nearly 70 years. This movie features a Nancy that readers of the old yellow hardbacks won't exactly recognize, I mean Nancy actually forging 'evidence'??? Yep, she sure does! This movie seemed to have elements from more than one of the books, plus plenty of its own adventure and silly comedy.
It's rather a pity this is the last of the Nancy Drew movies starring Bonita Granville, and even more so that Nancy Drew wouldn't make it onto screens until the 70's and then 90's TV shows and the silver screen with the 2007 movie.
For any Nancy Drew fan these 1930's movies are all a must watch. They are a fun look into a time gone by, when The Depression was starting to ease and World War 2 was just around the corner. Enjoy the costumes, the lovely black/white film technology, and especially the perky acting of Bonita Granville as she once again tricks and bamboozles her friend Ted into helping her solve the mystery.
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frank Orth ... Captain Tweedy
Renie Riano ... Effie Schneider
Vera Lewis ... Miss Rosemary Turnbull
Louise Carter ... Miss Floretta Turnbull
William Gould ... Daniel Talbert
George Guhl ... Smitty
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
Carson Drew: Here's a check for the butcher. Tell him he's been cutting the meat so thin lately it only has one side.
Effie Schneider, the Housekeeper: Yes sir, shall I tell him which side?
Ted Nickerson: [frustratedly] Some day I'm gonna get psychoanalyzed and find out why I'm such a dope.
Captain Tweedy: Smitty, go down to the Turnbull house and put yourself on guard. Find anybody around there, throw 'em out.
Smitty, a Policeman: Single-handed?
Captain Tweedy: Oh, use both hands, I don't care.
Ted Nickerson: [to Nancy] I can only hope you can keep up with me when I start retreatin'.
Nancy Drew: Dad! Ted's in jail again! Come on!