Nancy Steele is Missing! Happy Anniversary, premiered, March 12, 1937

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Steele was a Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation release, Nunnally Johnson the associate producer, and Mr. Darryl F. Zanuck filled the shoes of executive producer.  George Marshall (best known for The Blue Dahlia, 1946) directed the picture, Gene Fowler and Hal Long wrote the screenplay from the story “Ransom” by Charles Francis Coe, cinematography by Barney McGill (20,000 Years in Sing Sing, 1932), the music composed by David Buttolph (he was listed as musical director), Cyril J. Mockridge (both uncredited) and Walter Scharf supplied additional music which went uncredited. The film’s editing was by Jack Murray, the art direction handled by Hans Peters, the sets by Thomas Little, Gwen Wakeling designed the costumes, while the sound was managed by Roger Heman Sr., E. Clayton Ward and Joseph Mazzoletti (uncredited). Nancy Steele is Missing, starred Victor McLaglen (read our Victor McLaglen in John Ford westerns post and our McLaglen Birthday remembrance post) as Dannie O’Neill, Walter Connolly played Michael Steele, Peter Lorre as Professor Sturm, June Lang portrayed Nancy Steele, Robert Kent was Jimmie Wilson, Shirley Deane appeared as the false Nancy Steele, John Carradine and Jane Darwell supported as Harry Wilkins and Mrs. Mary Flaherty.

Victor McLaglenWalter ConnollyPeter LorreJune Lang Robert Kent  Shirley Deane  John CarradineJane Darwell

Contemporary reviews were mixed, yet when positive, were glowing, such as from Beaver-Rochester, PA and Prescott, AZ.[i] Nancy Steele is Missing is Available on DVD at Amazon.com.

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By C. S. Williams


[i] The Daily Times, Beaver and Rochester, Thursday, April 1, 1937 / Evening Courier, Prescott, AZ Wednesday, April 28, 1937

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