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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)

For the fourth and final entry in Warner Bros. 1938-39 series of Nancy Drew films, we finally get to a credited adaptation of an actual Nancy Drew book. Now, I have not read The Hidden Staircase, the second book in … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Nancy Drew…Trouble Shooter (1939)

Continuing this week with the third of four Nancy Drew movies produced by Warner Brothers in 1938-39, and I suspect we are getting farther and farther afield of the source material, and the emphasis continues to be on the wacky … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Nancy Drew… Reporter (1939)

So, I decided that if I’m in for a penny, I’m in for a pound on Nancy Drew’s 90th Anniversary… no, not actually reading them, but watching the other three Warner Bros. films from the 1930s. The accent is definitely … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Nancy Drew… Detective (1938)

So, confession on the occasion of Nancy Drew’s 90th Anniversary: I have never actually read a Nancy Drew book. Back in the early years of this site I did read and review Grosset & Dunlop’s Nancy Drew Cookbook (mmm, Crooked … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Billie (Don Weis, 1965)

A decade before Title IX went into effect, Patty Duke took a break from playing her own “Identical Cousin” on her eponymous TV, and attempted to launch a musical career in this oddball musical comedy about a high school sophomore … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: A Bucket Of Blood (Roger Corman 1959)

If might be pushing it to say that artistic merit distinguishes Roger Corman’s contributions to the low-budget teenpic of the 1950s; it’s more like technical competence: the actors are believable enough, the boom stays out of the shots, and the … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: Smile (Michael Ritchie 1975)

Michael Ritchie’s Ford-era satire of beauty pageants, consumer culture, and suburbia as a Teenpic? Well, the so-called adults come off as deluded, lecherous, ineffectual, or just plain buffoons, while the audience’s sympathy is with the awkward teenagers, so I’d say … Continue reading

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