Victor McLaglen stars in from the headlines crime drama Nancy Steele Is Missing! focusing on the infamous kidnapping of a wealthy businessman’s child. In protest of a big tycoon’s involvement in WWI munitions production, Dannie O’Neill (McLaglen) kidnaps the man’s baby girl, leaving her with friends while he serves 17 years in prison for another crime.
Upon his release, Dannie reunites with the girl he stole, faces off against an old cellmate (Peter Lorre) ready to give him up and makes some hard choices regarding the girl’s future. For some, this film was all too reminiscent of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping of 1932.
Nancy Steele Is Missing! features an early American appearance by Peter Lorre. While he plays a German professor in this film, he spent much of 1937 and ’38 as the title Asian detective in the Mr. Moto series of films.
Victor McLaglen as Dannie O’Neill
Walter Connolly as Michael Steele
Peter Lorre as Prof. Sturm
June Lang as Sheila O’Neill – aka Nancy Steele
Robert Kent as Jimmie Wilson
Shirley Deane as Nancy
John Carradine as Harry Wilkins
Jane Darwell as Mrs. Mary Flaherty
Frank Conroy as Dan Mallon
Granville Bates as Joseph F.X. Flaherty
George Taylor as Gus Crowder
Kane Richmond as Tom – Steele’s Chauffeur
Margaret Fielding as Miss Hunt
DeWitt Jennings as Doctor on Farm
George Chandler as Counter Clerk
Directors: Otto Preminger, George Marshall
Screenplay: Gene Fowler, Hal Long
Original story called Ransom: Charles Francis Coe
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox – Regency
Year of Release: 1937
Duration: 84 minutes