Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sleuthing Sundays - Nancy Drew movies (1938/1939)
I thought I'd do a little something extra in addition to reading all the original Nancy Drew books and watched some of the movies that were inspired by the girl detective. First up are the first two movies starring Bonita Granville from 1938/1939.
Nancy Drew: Detective
Based on the Password to Larkspur Lane, there are significant changes to Nancy's personality and the personality of Ned, now Ted, and her father. She is given a hard time by all the men, a lot more so than in the books and they treat her like a little girl most of the time. That bothered me because Mr. Drew always supported Nancy and encouraged her to sleuth, but in the movies he doesn't do that. Ted is more of a foible and talks back to her and goes along reluctantly. He is also her next door neighbor. I know that these movies would have to be based on the orginal text of the books, but I doubt Ted (Ned) would have ever been so mean to Nancy. He is rather good looking though and they obviously like each other. Nancy tends to use her feminine wiles and "women's intuition" a lot and it usually backfires, but she would never behave that way in the books.
The plot similar to the book but there is no Bess or George or Helen so Ted is her companion. Mrs. Eldrigde promised Nancy's school some money and then she disappears so Nancy sets out to find her despite the protests of her father and the police chief. She, of course, finds out what happened and there is much excitement in the meantime. It's a fun movie though not the greatest portrayal of Nancy Drew.
Nancy Drew: Reporter
Same changes as with the above movie, but fun.