Finally, the last three incarnations of Nancy Drew on the big screen. The most well know, I believe to be Pamela Sue Martin. When I finally saw these episodes again as an adult, I was floored. Pamela Sue Martin really pulled it off. Stylishly and beautifully. She gave Nancy warmth, strength, courage and personality. I don't remember seeing most of these episodes as a child because I was normally at my grandmother's on Sunday and my father always conveniently picked me up while it was on. I won't write about how I performed ... however, it took many, many years before I finally saw Pamela Sue Martin in action as Nancy Drew. Most of you probably remember her as Fallon from "Dynasty."
Pamela Sue and Jean Rasey as George. Honestly, I think Jean, in spite of her long dark hair, would have made a better Bess Marvin because of her personality and spunk. But, here she is with Nancy, looking surprised.
And what would Nancy Drew be without a profile shot heading into mystery?!?
And, here's Janet Louise Johnson as Nancy Drew. She took Pamela Sue Martin's place. Admittedly, I didn't know much about her. She seemed to be the sweet version of her. Here she is with the Hardy Boys - Shawn Cassidy and Parker Stevenson.
And, finally, finally, finally --- Bonita Granville. I didn't find out until a few years ago that these movies even existed. Back in the 30s, four Nancy Drew movies were produced based upon the popularity of the books, which surfaced in 1930. "Nancy Drew - Detective," "Nancy Drew - Reporter," "Nancy Drew - Troubleshooter" and "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase." Bonita Granville was a fun Nancy Drew. The stories contained action, suspense and comedy. She was a multi-layered character, based upon the books of that era - not the ones I grew up on where these took away all the personality and just gave you mystery and suspense. Bonita was a lot of fun!
She may look like she's on her way to Wonderland, but she's all Nancy!
Bonita Granville with"Ted" Nickerson, played by the very cute, Frankie Thomas.