Thursday, March 05, 2009

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Warner Bros. Films | DVDs & Games

Nancy Drew is an eighteen year-old girl and a fictional character, the heroine of the popular Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series aimed at the children-young adult audience, and written under the collective pseudonym "Carolyn Keene".

Former child actress Bonita Granville portrayed Nancy Drew in four Warner Bros. films directed by William Clemens in the late 1930s: Nancy Drew: Detective (loosely based on The Password to Larkspur Lane), Nancy Drew: Reporter, Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter, and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, the only one to borrow its title from a book in the series, although the plot was altered substantially. Frankie Thomas was cast as the rechristened "Ted" Nickerson, who acted more as a sidekick than boyfriend. Carson Drew remained her father, but Hannah Gruen became Effie Schneider, and George and Bess were eliminated completely. Among the notable features of the film series was Nancy, said to be 16 and played by an actress of the same age, often shown driving an automobile, which was uncommon for a female teenager in the 1930s. Another very unconventional feature of the films was that Ted was on several occasions shown disguising himself as a woman. The use of men in "drag" can be traced all the way back to Shakespeare's plays and Japanese Kabuki theater, where boys played all the female roles. However, in 1930s America, a boy wearing women's clothing was quite a shock! At any rate, the movies do not resemble the books' characters very much at all. Nancy is rather whiny and annoying, Ned/Ted can't seem to get a backbone and say "No!" when Nancy cajoles him into one crazy scheme after another, and Effie/Hannah is depicted as a scatterbrained ninny. The films were compiled into a special DVD release by Warner Bros. in 2007.

Over the years Nancy Drew has been adapted and franchised for additional series publications, television, products and even computer games.

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