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The Disappearance of Aimee (1976)

In 1926, famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for six weeks. When she surfaced, she claimed that she had been kidnapped and held prisoner in Mexico. Others claimed that she ... See full summary »

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Anthony Harvey

Writer:

John McGreevey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Sister Aimee Semple McPherson
Bette Davis ... Minnie Kennedy
James Sloyan ... Dist. Atty. Asa Keyes
James Woods ... Asst. Disty. Atty. Joseph Ryan
John Lehne John Lehne ... Capt. Cline
Lelia Goldoni ... Emma Shaffer
Severn Darden ... S.I. Gilbert
William Jordan William Jordan ... Kenneth Ormiston
Sandy Ward ... Judge Blake
Barry Brown ... Wallace Moore
Irby Smith Irby Smith ... Benedict
Hartley Silver Hartley Silver ... Clerk
Rena Andrews Rena Andrews
Lucian Benrier Lucian Benrier
Paul Feliz Paul Feliz
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In 1926, famous evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for six weeks. When she surfaced, she claimed that she had been kidnapped and held prisoner in Mexico. Others claimed that she was off carrying on an affair with a married man. This movie dramatizes the court hearing held to determine exactly what happened. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Disappearance of Aimee (#26.1) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie was filmed in Denver, Colorado. Scenes were filmed at the Denver County Court House and at a local church. The extras used in those scenes were local Denver citizens who received a box lunch but no actual pay. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Once-prestigious television movie now looks a bit under-nourished...
18 September 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A bigger budget and an expanded narrative might have made "The Disappearance of Aimee" a dandy theatrical mystery. In 1926, Protestant female minister--and popular radio evangelist--Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared from the waters off a Southern California beach and remained missing for just over a month. She later turned up in Douglas, Arizona telling a wild story about being kidnapped for a $500,000 ransom. Because two men drowned in the ocean while searching for McPherson's body, an unstoppable prosecutor called her before the court, believing she was actually dallying with a married man. Faye Dunaway's lead performance is good, not great; she has a lengthy monologue in her hospital room which could be called a mini tour de force, yet her religious exaltations before her adoring believers are rote, and her relationship with her hovering mother (portrayed by Bette Davis) is sketchily drawn. This TV production, once considered eventful programming, now looks puny in scope, with an uncertain direction and variable performances. We often don't know how to take the characters, and the editing is so shapeless that the flashbacks, in particular, fail to make much of an imprint.


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