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Missing Girls (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 10 September 1936 (USA)
A group of gangsters shoot Senator Benson (Wallis Clark) and take his daughter, Dorothy Benton (Muriel Evans) and her friend Ann Jason (Ann Doran) as hostages at Ma Barton's hideout. ... See full summary »

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Roger Pryor ...
Muriel Evans ...
Dorothy Benson
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Noel Madison ...
Ben Davis
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Ann Jason
George Cooper ...
Zig
Dewey Robinson ...
Harry Wilson
Wallis Clark ...
Senator Benson
Vera Lewis ...
Ma Barton
Oscar Apfel ...
Jury Foreman
Warner Richmond ...
Ray Hanson
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Ralph Gilmartin
Cornelius Keefe ...
Johnny Keefe
Edward Keane ...
District Attorney
Al Hill ...
Whitey
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A group of gangsters shoot Senator Benson (Wallis Clark) and take his daughter, Dorothy Benton (Muriel Evans) and her friend Ann Jason (Ann Doran) as hostages at Ma Barton's hideout. Reporter Jimmie Dugan (Roger Pryor) shows up disguised as a tramp. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A picture that scoops the film world with gangster information on why girls leave home and what happens to them after they're gone! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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10 September 1936 (USA)  »

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When Girls Leave Home  »

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Not at all what I expected.
14 August 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

With a title like "Missing Girls" and the way the film was promoted, I thought for sure that this was going to be an exploitation film about prostitution. And, the film sure looked like this in the first few minutes, as an young lady runs from her abusive father to the big city. But then, abruptly, the entire movie changes--as if partway into the film they decided on making a different picture. This is pretty odd.

The rest of the film concerns a Senator's campaign to clean up the city- -a campaign that results in his murder by the mob. A reporter (Roger Pryor) and two women end up being the keys to tracking down these thugs and their Ma Barker-inspired mother.

This is a decent film, though as I stated above, it seemed to lack some direction. It's a cheap B-movie from tiny Chesterfield Pictures but is more watchable than most pictures I've seen from this poverty row studio. Especially good was the final, and very violent, scene where the gang is mowed down by federal agents. Worth seeing if you like cheap B-pictures, otherwise this is hardly a must-see film.


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