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City of Missing Girls (1941)

Passed | | Mystery | 27 March 1941 (USA)
Climaxing a long series of mysterious disappearances of young girls, dancer Thalia Arnold is found murdered. Police-detective Captain McVeigh believes that King Peterson, a nightclub ... See full summary »

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Climaxing a long series of mysterious disappearances of young girls, dancer Thalia Arnold is found murdered. Police-detective Captain McVeigh believes that King Peterson, a nightclub operator and owner of the Crescent School of Fine Arts, knows something about the missing girls. Peterson's silent partner is Joseph Thompson, a theatrical agent, whose daughter, Nora, a reporter, is waging a newspaper crusade against the district attorney's office for failing to trace the girls, much to the discomfiture of James Horton, a young assistant district attorney. Pauline Randolph is the next to disappear but Nora had seen her leaving her grandmother's home in a car driven by a blonde woman. Nora interviews the grandmother who tells her that Pauline had theatrical employment, along with one of her friends, Mary Phillips. When the police begin investigating the Crescent talent-school, Thompson, who knew the Arnold girl intimately, quarrels with Peterson over the school, which, Thompson claims, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TALENT SCHOOL RACKET EXPOSED! See more »

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This film received its earliest documented telecast Saturday 5 August 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at on the East Coast Wednesday 29 December 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) (New York City), and on the West Coast Wednesday 4 May 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5) (San Francisco). See more »

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Kate Nelson: The trouble with you, tootsie, is you haven't the right kind of vibration for real drama.
Helen Whitney: Is that so! Well, I can vibrate as good as you can any old time!
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OK Forties Crime Drama
4 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a crime boss who has a front for either white slavery or prostitution. The words are never spoken. This would have been pretty hot stuff for the time. It involves an assistant district attorney, a female reporter, and a cop who just can't retire. All in all, the chemistry is pretty good. The reporter isn't as tiresome as they usually are. She seems to have some soul and some merit. The bad guy is also pretty well conceived and presents a formidable presence. It is pretty formulaic but keeps our attention throughout. The blackmail thing is believable for the most part and the elements of the crime story are nicely balanced. The one thing that troubles me is the aftermath, dealing with the reporter's father. I won't give anything away, so see what you think of the ending scene.


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