The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries -The Mystery of the Haunted House (1977)
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
The Mystery of the Haunted House
This is the first episode of the Hardy Boys Mysteries, but they don't spend any time setting up the premise. The show begins with a spooky theme song and weird opening title montage, featuring the Hardy Boys running through a maze of their own book covers. Then we jump right into the mystery, and along the way we learn that the Hardy Boys are Frank and Joe, the sons of Fenton Hardy, a 20 year veteran of the New York City Police Department, who now makes a living as a private detective. The boys are played by Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy, who are both quite likeable in their roles. Their father has his office in the Hardy home, and a crime lab in his basement. The two boys are chips off the crime solving block. They are skilled at fingerprinting and other crime-solving techniques, and have a way of nosing in to their dad's cases, and uncovering new mysteries on their own.
As the episode begins, the boys follow their dad to a foggy cemetery in
the middle of the night. Later, the case brings them to a nightclub
called "The Haunted House," which is horror themed club complete with
coffins, characters in monster make-up, and a maze of mirrors.
A Creepy Hand on Joe's Shoulder
It's a decent episode, and I appreciate all the spooky horror touches it has, but overall, it falls a bit flat. Still, it's only the first episode of the series. It's forgivable if they haven't quite hit their groove yet.
Good post - you just forgot the hilarious part when Frank Hardy rode his motorcycle in his boxers and got caught by the police.ReplyDelete
That was a good part of this episode, but for some reason none of the screencaps I took of that scene came out looking good.Delete