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November 13, 2012 > For the Love of Nancy Drew

For the Love of Nancy Drew

Submitted By Rena Kiehn

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum makes happy the hearts of all Nancy Drew fans with a special stage presentation and film screening double feature in honor of the famous, fictional girl detective.

Features include First Person Singular's "None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir" with special guests "The Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller (creator and host of the Noir City Film Festival each January at the Castro Theater in San Francisco) as Carson Drew, Mary Gibboney as Hannah Gruen, and Lydia Odette Warren as Nancy; and "Nancy Drew... Reporter" (1939, Warner Bros.)

Bonita Granville stars in the 68 minute B-movie directed by William Clemens, who made features starring Perry Mason as well as four Nancy Drew films. Granville was the daughter of stage actors, making her film debut at the age of nine in "Westward Passage" (1933). Her big break was as Mary in the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" (renamed "These Three"). Granville was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1938, she starred as the saucy mischievous daughter in the multi-Academy Awards nominated hit comedy film "Merrily We Live" and as girl detective Nancy Drew in the hit film "Nancy Drew... Detective." The Nancy Drew film success led to Granville reprising the role in three sequels from 1938 to 1939.

In addition to the screenings there will be a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Book Swap & Sale in conjunction with Berkeley's Pegasus Books. Bring your books to trade or bring some cash for new-to-you titles!

Author Penny Warner will also be on hand signing copies of her Agatha Award-nominated "The Official Nancy Drew Handbook." Pick up tips on beauty, relationships, survival, sleuthing, and success and start living the Nancy life.

Questions? E-mail Rena at or leave a message at (510) 494-1411. Tickets are available in advance at our box office during our regular tour hours: noon - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

For the Love of Nancy Drew
Stage Presentation & Film Screening Double Feature
Saturday, Nov 17
2 p.m.
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411
Suggested donation: $ 8 museum members, $10 general

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