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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (film)

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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (film)

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
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Directed by William Clemens
Produced by Bryan Foy
Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
Written by Mildred Wirt Benson (novel)
Kenneth Garnet
Starring Bonita Granville
Frankie Thomas
John Litel
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography L. William O'Connell
Editing by Louis Hesse
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
Running time 60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is the fourth and last in a series of films starring Bonita Granville as teenage amateur detective Nancy Drew, Frankie Thomas as her boyfriend, and John Litel as her father. It was loosely based on the novel of the same name by Mildred Wirt Benson.


The elderly Turnbull sisters want to donate their mansion for a children's hospital. However, their father's will states that at least one of them has to stay in the house every night for twenty years before they can inherit the estate; there are two weeks left to go.

Then some strange things start occurring. A stranger forces his way past Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) and brazenly searches the Drew house for related affidavits her lawyer father Carson (John Litel) has obtained. Then, the Turnbulls' chauffeur Phillips (Don Rowan) dies, though it is uncertain if it was a murder or a suicide. The frightened old ladies consider leaving their home. When Nancy recognizes the dead man as the trespasser, she begins investigating, dragging her boyfriend Ned Nickerson (Frankie Thomas) into one predicament after another, eventually getting him fired and jailed.

When police Captain Tweedy (Frank Orth) arrests the two sisters for Phillips' murder, their ownership is endangered. Just in time, Nancy and Ned discover a secret passageway in the basement linking it to the neighboring house, owned by Daniel Talbert (William Gould). Talbert would make a lot of money if a racetrack were to be built on the two properties, but the Turnbulls had turned down an offer to buy their place.


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  • TCM Movie Database
  • AllRovi

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