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The film's working title was Passport to Larkspur Lane. The character "Nancy Drew" was featured in dozens of novels aimed at youthful readers, beginning in the 1930s. The novels were revised and updated, beginning in the 1980s. This was the first of four films in the "Nancy Drew" series, that ended with Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase in 1939. All of the films were directed by Williams Clemens and starred Bonita Granville as "Nancy Drew," John Litel as "Carson Drew" and Frank Thomas, Jr. (later called Frankie Thomas) as Ted Nickerson. For additional titles in the series, consult the Series Index. The characters were also featured in an ABC television series from 1977-1978, entitled The Nancy Drew Mysteries, starring Pamela Sue Martin and William Schallert. The television series alternated for several months with another mystery series based on youth-oriented novels, The Hardy Boys Mysteries, then the two series combined into one weekly series, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries that featured characters from both series.