Nancy Drew... Reporter

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Director(s): William Clemens
Production: First National
 
IMDB:
6.7
APPROVED
Year:
1939
68 min
97 Views


Listen, let me be wrong for once.

Write a new head.

Hey, boy.

- Yes, sir?

- Did you find Tracy yet?

No, sir. He's still out.

When you find Mr. Tracy, would you

ask him if he'd condescend...

...to undertake a reportorial chore

for me this afternoon?

If you don't mind.

Oh, no, sir. I don't mind.

Don't stand there like an imbecile.

Round him up.

Yes, sir.

- Well, they're here, Mr. Bostwick.

- Who's here?

- The students.

- What are they doing here?

Mr. Bostwick, don't you remember?

It was a promotion tie... up

to increase circulation.

And what did I promise them?

Well, they were to work for you

for three days as real reporters.

And the one who submits

the best story during that time...

...was to receive $50.

- And a gold medal.

- Oh, I might have guessed it.

I don't know why I let you

talk me into these things.

You had the place filled

with a lot of champion potato pickers.

Now, the place will be over... crowded

with a lot of crazy cubs.

- I won't see them.

- Mr. Bostwick, they're right beside you.

Mr. Bostwick,

these are the young people...

...you've been so anxious to meet.

Nancy Drew from the Brinwood

School for Young Ladies.

- I'm very pleased to meet you.

- How are you?

Miss Phyllis Kimble of...

- How are you?

- How do you do?

Are we really going to have

real assignments just like real reporters?

- I know all about fashions.

- I'm dying to find out.

Can I cover a scandal?

Girls, boys.

Mr. Bostwick, won't you say

a few words to the contestants?

Yeah. Very few.

Why anyone is simple... minded enough

to want to work on a newspaper...

...Ive never been able to find out.

Why, Mr. Bostwick. Journalism

is a very noble and glorious career.

With the adventure, romance and

everything, I should think you'd love it.

I do love it, I love every minute of it.

I love my employees too.

Here, take one.

All right. I won't look.

What did you get?

I've gotta write a story about a squirrel

in the park.

- Where's the mayor live?

- Why?

I gotta find out how many babies

he kissed.

"A human... interest story

about a goldfish"?

"Ladies' Amateur Poetry Club,

Cozy Nook Tea Room, 1 p.m."

- All right, now. Come on. Get going.

- All right, children. Come on.

And if it isn't news,

you needn't bother coming back.

- Clever idea?

- We'll go into that later.

Mr. Bostwick, I don't believe

you take us seriously.

My dear Miss Whoosis,

in regard to your supposition...

...I see you're not without perspicacity.

I still haven't been able to find

Mr. Tracy.

Every time I depend upon a reporter,

I'm double... crossed.

Oh, all right,

leave a memo on his desk.

Tell him to hurry over

to the courthouse.

They're holding an inquest

on that woman.

- Yes, sir.

- Yes, sir. Imbecile school children.

Are you satisfied with your assignment,

Miss Drew?

Oh, I think it will do, for a start.

Dr. Carey, please.

Raise your right hand.

Do you swear the testimony you give...

...will be nothing but the truth?

- I do.

Dr. Carey, as autopsy surgeon, you

examined the body of Kate Lambert?

- I did.

- And what did you find?

That Miss Lambert's death was not

caused by heart failure...

...as Dr. Hibbard certified.

Her death was caused by a poison.

Sodium ferranide.

What is sodium ferranide?

It's a chemical used in photography.

Is such a chemical easily obtained?

Oh, no. Only on special order

from the manufacturer.

It's a new agent

not yet on the open market.

In fact, only those who are well

advanced in photography know about it.

Miles Lambert.

Mr. Lambert, you're the first to suspect

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