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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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Release Date:

12 March 1937 (USA)  »

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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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A Gothic Crime Story
15 April 2003 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Despite its fairly routine, convoluted and at times difficult to follow plot, Nancy Steele Is Missing! is a grand example of studio moviemaking at its best. The script is no great shakes, but the cast,--Victor McLaglen, Peter Lorre, Walter Connolly--is, and the art direction and shadowy photography are first rate, at times more suggestive pictorially of gothic horror than a realistic crime story. That the movie recounts the story of the kidnapping of a child also gives it, for me anyway, a horrifying aspect, albeit a real life rather than supernatural one.

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