Nancy Drew: Reporter
While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence, and they stumble onto the identity of the real killer.
Nancy Drew: Reporter is the 2nd of the four Bonita Granville films but was actually both the first one of the set that I saw AND the very first Nancy Drew movie. I guess the movie fell into the public domain a number of years ago which is why it's the easiest one to find now.
Like the other three movies this one has some funny moments, slapstick, and some crazy car chases. But Nancy Drew: Reporter is a little different in the musical aspect. Mary Lee appeared in this film, she can also be recognized in the Roy Rogers/Dale Evan's movies The Cowboy And The Senorita and Song Of Nevada, and with her came a rather humorous scene where the four kids must sing in a Chinese restaurant to pay for their lunches.
The who-done-it part is pretty obvious but it is still fun riding along with Nancy and Ted as they get into all kinds of crazy situations trying to solve a murder.
1 hour 8 minutes
Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson
Dickie Jones ... Killer Parkins
Mary Lee ... Mary
Larry Williams ... Miles Lambert
Betty Amann ... Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson ... City Editor Bostwick
Olin Howland...Police Sergeant Entwhistle
Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
Nancy Drew: A reporter has the right to do things an ordinary person shouldn't.
Nancy Drew: Ted, why did you have to have a sister?
Ted Nickerson: Ask Ma!
City Editor Bostwick: Every time I depend on a reporter, I'm double-crossed.
Nancy Drew: You remember Captain Tweety always said, "Cherchez la femme!" - find the woman! - the only smart thing he ever did say!
Ted Nickerson: Yeah, and he stole that!
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