Nancy Drew is a fictional character, the heroine detective of a popular mystery series. The series was created and outlined in detail in 1930 by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with the first manuscripts written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson and edited by Stratemeyer's daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. Mildred Benson continued writing the Nancy Drew books, and it was later found that she wrote the first 22 books. Over 175 Nancy Drew books were written.
Former child actress Bonita Granville portrayed Nancy Drew in four Warner Bros. films directed by William Clemens in the late 1930s: Nancy Drew: Detective (loosely based on The Password to Larkspur Lane), Nancy Drew: Reporter, Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter, and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, the only one to borrow its title from a book in the series, although the plot was altered substantially. Frankie Thomas was cast as the rechristened "Ted" Nickerson, who acted more as a sidekick than boyfriend. Carson Drew remained her father, but Hannah Gruen became Effie Schneider and George and Bess were eliminated completely. Among the notable features of the film series was Nancy, said to be 16 and played by an actress of the same age, was often shown driving an automobile, which was uncommon for a female teenager in the 1930s, and Ted was on several occasions shown disguising himself in drag.
1. Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939) – Bonita Granville:
Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.