LADY AT THE BAT: Nancy Drew: Now Playing at a Stadium Near You

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Nancy Drew: Now Playing at a Stadium Near You


The first Nancy Drew Movie made for the big screen in 68 years opened in theatres yesterday. Yeah, it meant nothing to me, too, until I started watching the Mets-Yankees game last night.

If I'm watching a Yankee game that starts before 8 Eastern, I always switch over to TCM at about that time to see what they're offering for the evening. Last night it was a Nancy Drew movie marathon. Yeah, it still meant nothing to me, either. After Robert Osborne introduced the first of four movies, Nancy Drew: Detective (1938), I decided to watch the opening credits before turning back to the Yankee game. Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew. Frankie Thomas as her boyfriend, Ted Nickerson. Ho hum. Directed by William Clemens. Okay. Wait! William Clemens???? That's good for a laugh, I thought, as I turned back to the Yankee game.

Roger Clemens was giving the Yankees a second quality start, giving up 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings. The problem was that the Mets' Oliver Perez was making The Rocket's offense look like Nancy Drew; the Mets won the game 2-0. While Roger Clemens was continuing to keep his team in the game, William Clemens was continuing to grab more and more of my interest over at TCM. Nancy Drew: Reporter (1939) was next, follwed by Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter (1939) and Nancy Drew & The Hidden Staircase (1939), all of which were directed by William Clemens. In these old B movies, Nancy constantly gets into messes in which she has her boyfriend Ted get her out of. A lot of the messes involve driving mishaps, which brings to mind Hideki Matsui's baserunning blunder last night, in which he was doubled off second base by Carlos Gomez. Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter was probably on around the time of the 7th inning stretch (You know, "Take me out to the ballgame..."). During a scene in that flick Nancy and Ted are out picking watercress when he tells her they'd better get back to the house. She snaps at him, "I don't care if [I] never get back!"

At that point I was feeling the same way, except that I didn't want to get back to the Yankee Game. The Yankees were losing my interest and Nancy Drew was gaining it, though I fell asleep before the end of "...Hidden Staircase." The new Nancy Drew movie doesn't look like it would hold the interest of anyone over the age of twelve, but that series made by William Clemens in the 1930s might prove to be a nice diversion for someone looking to escape a bad evening. Thanks, Nancy.

The Lady

1 comment:

Baseball_Lipgloss said...

I have been meaning to catch a Yankees game with Clemens on the mound since I have yet to see either Clemens in action (Roger or William.)
By the way, I found myself needing a distraction from the Twins/Brewers game last night and did some channel flipping also.