Nancy Steele Is Missing

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Antiwar activist McLaglen kidnaps the baby daughter of munitions magnate Connolly to protest the businessman's involvement in WW I. He renames the girl and leaves her with two life-long friends who know nothing of his crime and assume that the child is his. Meanwhile, the press goes wild trying to find the whereabouts of Nancy Steele. Soon after the kidnaping,...read more

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Antiwar activist McLaglen kidnaps the baby daughter of munitions magnate Connolly to protest the businessman's involvement in WW I. He renames the girl and leaves her with two life-long friends who know nothing of his crime and assume that the child is his. Meanwhile, the press goes wild

trying to find the whereabouts of Nancy Steele. Soon after the kidnaping, McLaglen is arrested for a fight and is sentenced to two years in prison. While in prison he is unjustly accused of participating in a breakout attempt and his sentence is lengthened to life. As the years roll by, Lorre,

McLaglen's cellmate, hears him talk in his sleep and learns the details of the kidnaping. Realizing that the information could be quite valuable to him in the future, Lorre says nothing. Eventually McLaglen is released and he returns home to his "daughter" (Lang), now full grown. Believing

McLaglen to be her natural father, Lang accompanies him to New York, where he lands a job with Connolly (her real father) as a gardener. When McLaglen learns of a $100,000 reward for the return of Lang, he attempts to destroy the only evidence of her identity--the clothes she was wearing when he

kidnaped her. Unfortunately, Lorre, now out of prison, has tracked McLaglen down and shoots him before he can dispose of the clothes. Lorre takes the clothes and convinces the authorities that another young woman is in fact the missing heiress. McLaglen, whose wounds weren't fatal, recovers and

goes after Lorre. Learning that his former cellmate is about to leave the country, McLaglen stops him and forces a full confession, regardless of the fact that the information will send him back to prison for the rest of his life. Secure that Lang, whom he has grown to love as his own, will now

reap the benefits of her true parentage, McLaglen nobly faces his fate. While the script of NANCY STEELE IS MISSING may ask the audience to accept more than its fair share of coincidence, the most remarkable aspect of the film is that it got past the Hays Office at all. With the country still

stinging from the heartwrenching kidnaping of the Charles A. Lindbergh child, Hollywood's censor decreed that no films would detail the activities of kidnapers. Not only does NANCY STEELE IS MISSING deal with kidnaping, but the kidnaper is shown in a sympathetic light.

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