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Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

Cast: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Mary Lee, more...
Director: William B. Clemens, John Langan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Running Time: 68 min.
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Synopsis
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 swings versions of nursery rhymes in order to pay for their Chinese dinner. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide



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