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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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John Archer ...
James Horton
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Kathryn Crawford ...
Helen Whitney (as Katherine Crawford)
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Boyd Irwin ...
Joseph Thompson
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William Short
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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 SCHOOLS EXPOSED! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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La città delle donne rapite  »

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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). 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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City Of Missing Girls
2 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a load of rubbish. Girls are not missing from this non-thriller, but everything else is. No real action until two thirds and more of the way through, and then only if you use a liberal definition of action.

Leading lady Astrid Allwyn is no ingénue but you kind of wish she was, even women reporters were never meant to be this brazen. There is no real plot to this either, there is no scenery, it could have been made in one building, and probably was. Did people really shell out good money to watch celluloid trash like this even in the 1940s?

Another reviewer has suggested it has hidden depths, that the missing girls were involved in a white slavery racket or some such. It does give that impression towards the end, but if ever subtlety was not needed, it was not needed here.


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