Nancy Drew Reporter(Warner Bros.) (1939)

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ADVANCE PUBLICITY — "NANCY DREW — REPORTER" The Future of America Is Secure in Its Youth, Says Today’s All-American Boy The future of America is secure in its youth, says Frankie Thomas, 17-year-old All-American boy of today. Frankie won the title through a recent poll of several hundred thousand high school students throughout the nation. Widely known through his work on the New York stage, Frankie has acquired additional prominence in the Warner Bros. series of “Nancy Drew” stories. Latest in the series of Carolyn Keene stories, in which he is featured with Bonita Granville, is “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” which will open at the Strand Theatre next Friday. “Boys and girls of today lead a different life of course. They have motion pictures, the radio, and innumerable other amusements and activities denied our parents in their youth. They like Bonita Granville Picks Own Dresses In Latest Picture Because Milo Anderson believes sixteen-year-old girls should have a hand in selecting their own clothes, he took Bonita Granville, the star of “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” the Warner Bros. picture opening Friday at the Strand Theatre, into his confidence when he planned her wardrobe for the picture. The result was three charming sports ensembles—all done up in poudre blue. That happens to be Bonita’s favorite color and Milo carried out her preference because the color has_ splendid photographic properties, showing up as a smooth, rich grey on the screen. In one outfit Milo combines a poudre blue angora sweater and matching felt hat with a smoky blue flannel skirt and a short boxy jacket of oyster white plaided in shades of light blue. For another costume, designer and star agreed upon a short basque jacket of roseberry wool crepe fastened snugly down the front with self-covered little buttons and briefly caped. In this case, the Peter Pan collar, the lining of the cape, the flared wool crepe skirt, felt hat and stitched suede gloves are all of poudre blue. Bonita teams these same accessories with another ensemble, which consists of a _ butterflypleated red, white and blue plaid wool skirt, light poudre blue blouse and belt and deep poudre Eton jacket of wool crepe. Milo Anderson and Bonita became great friends during their working hours and Milo, apparently serious, offered her a job in his department whenever she wanted one. CAST Nancy Drew, BONITA GRANVILLE Carson Drew................ John Litel Ted Nickerson, Frank Thomas, Jr. MGR ossccikel Nets ei cenes Mary Lee Bonnie Lucas...... Sheila Bromley Miles Lambert......Larry Williams Eula Denning.......... Betty Amann Bostwick............ Thomas Jackson Killer Parkins.......... Dickie Jones Sergeant Entwhistle, Olin Howland Captain Tweedy.......... Frank Orth to pretend they are sophisticated, and probably do mature a bit earlier, but fundamentally they are no different from the youth of all time. “All in all, they are clean and decent and good. They have their ideals but are not idealists to the point that intelligence and clear thinking are sacrificed. They know the ins and outs of life and are not easily fooled. Golfing, sailboating, and watching and playing baseball and football are among the activities of this All-American boy. He “dates” various girls in and out of motion pictures to go dancing and to the movies and recently was given his first car by his parents. Father and mother always insist on hiring a chauffeur for him for these dates, though, which worries him. He is afraid people will think he is putting on the dog and is stuck-up. Litel Bridge Expert John Litel, who portrays Bonita Granville’s father in Warner Bros.’ “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” which comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday, is gifted as a playwright and writer of fiction. PRETTY AS A PICTURE — and much more dangerous to criminals as she cleverly proves in the second of Warner Bros.’ new series, “‘Nancy Drew — Reporter,” which opens at the Strand Theatre next Friday. Nancy Drew represents a composite picture of a typical sixteen-year old American girl. Mat 204—30c Photo May Also Be Used For Fashion Art Smartly garbed for her duties as a newspaperwoman in “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” Bonita Granville tops her sheer navy blue wool sports dress with a vivid scarlet suede short coat. The extremely squared shoulders, collarless neckline closed with two huge buttons and the three-quarter length sleeves make it an outstanding spring costume. Litel Talented John Litel is such an authority on bridge that frequently he is awakened in the middle of the night by friends telephoning to have him settle a disputed point in their game, he revealed during the filming of his latest Warner Bros. feature, “Nancy Drew —Reporter,” which opens Friday at the Strand Theatre. Film is ‘second of new series. EIGHT RULES OF NANCY DREW CLUB The following is a list of rules which may be used as a basis for discussion at the introductory meeting of your local “Nancy Drew Club.” Must have steady boy friend, in the sense of a “pal.” Take part in choosing own clothes. No smoking, drinking, or petting. Pay their share on dates with boys own age. Take part in plans for own career. Must have at least one hobby. Must participate in at least one extra-curricular school activity. Must be a_ high school student. He Mustn’t Drive Frank Thomas gave his 17year-old son, Frank, Jr., who is Bonita Granville’s leading man in “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” the Warner Bros. film coming to the Strand Theatre, the family car and bought another. But Frankie is one of those dangerously careful drivers, so his parents always provide him with a chauffeur when he wants to use the car on a date or trip. COMPOSITE “MISS AMERICA—AGE 16” Read This To Discover What Happens To Girls Who Were Never Kissed Sweet sixteen and never been kissed? Don’t you believe it! This will come as a terrible blow to the copy-book maxim school of thought — but there is little, if any, truth in that well-worn phrase. An iconoclastic investigator visited the set of “Nancy Drew —Reporter” to interview one hundred and twenty-five 16-yearold extra girls engaged to support Bonita Granville in a scene of this second picture in the Warner Bros. “Nancy Drew” series, which opens next Friday at the Strand Theatre, Direct in his methods, he asked bluntly, “Have you ever been kissed?” There were hurried consultations with mothers, agents and chaperones. All but five hands were raised. Only five had never been kissed. Pursuing his inquiry further, he asked about petting. Sixtytwo girls answered in the affirmative. One out of every two 16year-old girls have petted, at least once, he concluded. Only eight out of the one hundred and twenty-five drank. Eighty-five stayed up after midnight but only seventy-five were out unchaperoned. One hundred and twenty-five out of one hun Bonita Granville is the “Typical American Girl.”’ Warner’s conducted an intensive survey to find her. From answers received the following composite portrait has been evolved: 1. Does she smoke? No. 2. Does she use lipstick and rouge? Yes. 3. Does she have boy friends? A steady? Yes. Yes. 4. Does she go out nights? Unchaperoned? Yes. Yes. 5. How late is she permitted to stay out? About midnight. 6. Is she athletic? Yes. 7. What is her musical taste, “swing” or the classics? Swing. 8 Does she have her own spending money? How much? Yes. 50c a week. 9. Does she buy her own clothes? Her mother helps her. c8] 10. Does she drive her own car? Yes. ll. Does she belong to any club? Yes. 12. Does she plan a professional career? Yes. 13. Does she look forward to marriage? Yes. 14. Does she discuss sex? Yes. As a great mystery? No. Does she know all about it? Pretends she does but doesn’t. 15. What are her literary tastes? Love stories. (See page 7 for ways to use this questionnaire in your promotion activity.) dred and twenty-five used lipstick and powder. One hundred and eleven of the girls looked forward to an acting career. Sixty-seven dreamed of marriage and children. Thirtyeight dreamed of marriage and no children. Twenty were budding Lucy Stoners. One hundred and eight confessed complete ignorance of politics. All but twelve were keenly interested in football. Of this group only thirteen knew anything about the game. The rest just liked the crowds and music. Returning to the five young ladies who had never been kissed, the implacable investigator handed them each a scroll. “Cherish these,” he said, “they signify your charter membership in the Hollywood Liars’ Club, Nancy Drew Chapter.” Sheila Bromley Good at Mixing Glamour, Sport Glamour and sports can be mixed successfully. None other than Sheila Bromley proved that during the filming of “Nancy Drew—Reporter,” second in the series of Carolyn Keene stories in which Bonita Granvilel is being featured by Warner Bros., which comes to the Strand Theatre next Friday. Sheila was the ring-leader in organizing between-the-scenes sports activities for Frankie Thomas, Bonita Granville, Dickie Jones, Mary Lee and other youngsters appearing in the picture. Furthermore she was an extremely active participant in the football, volleyball and other games that were played. There was even a makeshift tennis court laid out on the huge stage beside the set and it was kept busy. “It’s nonsense,” Sheila says, “to assume that a girl loses any of her feminine charm through engaging in athletics. Every girl needs some form of exercise to keep fit. If the exercise is followed properly, it will bring an added sparkle to her eyes and improve her complexion.” Sheila, who is a ravishing blonde, was an accomplished athlete during her school days. While a student at a San Francisco grammar school, Los Angeles High School and Berkeley Col ‘lege she won fame as a tennis player. Also during those days she was captain of a volleyball team and star pitcher on a softball team. Sheila is a walking example of the benefits of clean living, proper diet, and plenty of exercise. It is difficult to realize that this is the girl who looks so glamorous on a formal date. PROD’N STAFF Directed by...... William Clemens Original Screen Play by Kenneth Gamet Based on the Nancy Drew Stories DY oo. e cece Carolyn Keene Photography by Arthur Edeson, A.S.C. Art Director...... Stanley Fleischer Dialogue Director..John Langan Film Editor.............. Frank Dewar Gowns by.............. Milo Anderson Music by.................. H. Roemheld Sound by.............. Dolph Thomas