Book vs. Film: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

This post was written for the Beyond the Cover blogathon, hosted by the wonderful Now, Voyaging and Speakeasy! To view more fascinating posts about books adapted to film, visit the hosts: Liz and Kristina. Nancy Drew is one of the best-known names in the world of mystery. The character first came to life in 1930 with the novel The Secret of the Old Clock. The … Continue reading Book vs. Film: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

The Beloved Brat (1938)

Roberta Morgan (Bonita Granville) is a spoiled girl from a rich family. Though she has every material thing she could want in the world, she’s very unhappy. Her dad (Donald Crisp) is busy with work, her mom (Natalie Moorhead) is busy with society life, and Roberta feels very alone. As a result, she acts out. She acts like a brat in hopes that it will … Continue reading The Beloved Brat (1938)

Mill Creek Musings: Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)

In the 1940s, Tom Breneman was one of the kings of radio. His morning show, best known as “Breakfast in Hollywood” though it changed titles a few times, was a hit and ran on three different networks nationwide. The set-up of the show was spontaneous, involving famous guest stars (even Orson Welles appeared) and lively audience participation. In 1945, at the peak of the show’s … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)

Series on DVD: The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mysteries

“Four classic mysteries. One legendary detective.” The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mystery Collection is a two-disc DVD set featuring the four classic Nancy Drew films, which star the lovely Bonita Granville in the title character. Granville is joined by Frankie Thomas (as Ted Nickerson, known as Ned in the books) and John Litel (as her father, Carson Drew) as well as plenty of great supporting … Continue reading Series on DVD: The Original Nancy Drew Movie Mysteries