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. ...
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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 <email@example.com>
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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