City of Missing Girls (1941)

73 mins | Drama | March 1941

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Actress Gale Storm's name is misspelled "Gail" in the onscreen credits of this ... More Less

Actress Gale Storm's name is misspelled "Gail" in the onscreen credits of this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Apr 1941.
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Film Daily
9 Apr 1941.
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Variety
2 Apr 41
p. 16.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1941
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 March 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Select Attractions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 February 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10284
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,912
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7054
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain McVeigh, a veteran big city police detective, is vexed by a series of mysterious disappearances of young women, some of whom, including the latest victim, Thalia Arnold, have turned up dead. Although he is unable to prove it, McVeigh believes that all the women met with foul play at the hands of nightclub operator and Crescent School of Fine Arts owner King Peterson, who is using the school as a front for a recruiting center for his nightclub. One day, Mrs. Randolph reports the disappearance of her granddaughter Pauline to Assistant District Attorney James Horton, who adds her name to the growing list of missing women. While Horton begins his investigation, ace newspaper reporter Nora Page, who is smitten with Horton, makes life difficult for him by writing articles criticizing the department's inaction. Unaware that her theatrical agent father, Joseph Thompson, is in league with Peterson, Nora begins her own investigation into Pauline's disappearance and follows her leads to Mrs. Randolph's house. There Nora discovers Pauline getting into an automobile, and she quickly jots down the license plate number of the car. Inside the house, Mrs. Randolph tells Nora that Pauline has returned safely and is pursuing an acting career with her friend Mary Phillips. Soon after, Pauline is found dead, and the women employed at Peterson's nightclub are brought in to the police station for a line-up. Mary is asked to identify the woman who drove Pauline to the Crescent School, but as the driver, Kate Nelson, is in hiding, the line-up proves fruitless. In an apparent break in the case, Horton receives a telephone call from Kate, who ... +


Captain McVeigh, a veteran big city police detective, is vexed by a series of mysterious disappearances of young women, some of whom, including the latest victim, Thalia Arnold, have turned up dead. Although he is unable to prove it, McVeigh believes that all the women met with foul play at the hands of nightclub operator and Crescent School of Fine Arts owner King Peterson, who is using the school as a front for a recruiting center for his nightclub. One day, Mrs. Randolph reports the disappearance of her granddaughter Pauline to Assistant District Attorney James Horton, who adds her name to the growing list of missing women. While Horton begins his investigation, ace newspaper reporter Nora Page, who is smitten with Horton, makes life difficult for him by writing articles criticizing the department's inaction. Unaware that her theatrical agent father, Joseph Thompson, is in league with Peterson, Nora begins her own investigation into Pauline's disappearance and follows her leads to Mrs. Randolph's house. There Nora discovers Pauline getting into an automobile, and she quickly jots down the license plate number of the car. Inside the house, Mrs. Randolph tells Nora that Pauline has returned safely and is pursuing an acting career with her friend Mary Phillips. Soon after, Pauline is found dead, and the women employed at Peterson's nightclub are brought in to the police station for a line-up. Mary is asked to identify the woman who drove Pauline to the Crescent School, but as the driver, Kate Nelson, is in hiding, the line-up proves fruitless. In an apparent break in the case, Horton receives a telephone call from Kate, who is posing as an informant, and he falls for her trap. When they meet, Kate throws herself into Horton's arms and a picture of the scene is secretly taken. Kate is later found dead, and with the picture as evidence, Horton is framed for the murder. Horton is about to resign when Nora identifies the woman in the picture as the woman who was last seen with Pauline, providing Horton with his first real lead. Later, without consulting Horton but hoping to help him, Nora impersonates a prospective Crescent School student and tries to infiltrate Peterson's racket. Unknown to Nora, one of Peterson's men recognizes her as Thompson's daughter. Believing that Thompson, who has expressed his desire to get out of the racket, has planted Nora at the school to protect himself, Peterson decides to embarrass the two by arranging to have father and daughter discover each other at Nora's audition. Meanwhile, Horton arrests William Short, the man Peterson hired to photograph him, and Short tells Horton that Peterson talked about killing Kate. Back at Peterson's nightclub, Nora's father is about to call the police when Peterson shoots him. Horton and the police arrive in time to save Nora, and Peterson is convicted of murder and sent to serve a life term in prison. With the case closed, Nora promises to stop writing about Horton, and Horton professes his love for her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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