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Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)

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After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward,... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Steele
Prof. Sturm
June Lang ...
Sheila O'Neill - aka Nancy Steele
Robert Kent ...
Jimmie Wilson
Shirley Deane ...
Harry Wilkins
Mrs. Mary Flaherty
Frank Conroy ...
Dan Mallon
Granville Bates ...
Joseph F.X. Flaherty
George Taylor ...
Gus Crowder
Tom - Steele's Chauffeur
Margaret Fielding ...
Miss Hunt
DeWitt Jennings ...
Doctor on Farm
George Chandler ...
Counter Clerk


After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward, but an old prisonmate gets in the way. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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12 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nancy Steele a disparu  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Wallace Beery was originally assigned the lead role, and Otto Preminger was assigned to direct. However, shortly after filming began, Beery told Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, "I won't do a picture with a director whose name I can't pronounce." Zanuck re-assigned Preminger to direct the comedy Danger - Love at Work (1937), replaced Beery with Victor McLaglen for this film and replaced Preminger with George Marshall. See more »


[Sturm retells the story of the murder he committed]
Professor Sturm: I said, he was so big, it seems unfair I should have gotten so little money out of him.
Dannie O'Neill: Don't you ever get tired of talking about the guy you croaked?
Professor Sturm: No.
Dannie O'Neill: Don't it ever bother you?
Professor Sturm: No. All that bothers me was a certain carelessness I had shown. I went to his funeral. It wasn't sentiment, you understand, it was curiosity. I was curious to see what they could do about that hole in his head.
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The plot may have been convoluted at times but strong performances by the leads carried it through.
31 March 2004 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Another pleasant surprise in weekend of good dramas. The plot may have been convoluted at times but strong performances by the leads carried it through. Victor McLaglen (Variety called it his best performance since The Informer) plays a club waiter who is so against the entry of the United States into World War I that he kidnaps the baby of munitions manufacturer Walter Connolly. His plans are foiled when, after arranging to have the child watched by innocent friends, he is arrested and jailed for another, lesser crime. The friends believe McLaglen is a widowed sailor and raise the child as if it were truly his. McLaglen spends 20 years in prison trying to keep his secret from cellmate, creepy Peter Lorre. When finally released, McLaglen locates the girl and still plans to get money from Connolly. But before he can set up the pay off, Connolly recognizes McLaglen from his former job at the gentleman's club and offers him a job as caretaker of his estate. And to complicate matters the girl, now grown up, believes McLaglen to be her long lost father and loves him as such. McLaglen chooses to go straight as he begins to care for the would-be daughter he has never known. Lorre, now released from prison, reveals that McLaglen talked in his sleep and now he intends to collect the reward for turning in the kidnapper… Thank god for film festivals like this one that make rare films like this available and the folks who provide comments to IMDB for others to share. Please support the IMDB and early film festivals!

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