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Missing Daughters

Missing Daughters(1939)

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Josie Lamonte leaves home with dreams of establishing a career as an actress. Through a talent agency controlled by Lucky Rogers, a nightclub owner and racketeer, she gets a job as a nightclub hostess at Lucky's club, where she discovers that the hostess racket is just a cover for white slave traffic. When Josie quits and threatens to expose Lucky to the police, Lucky orders her to be killed. After her body is fished out of the river, radio crime columnist Wally King broadcasts an editorial about the police department's inability to solve the series of nightclub hostess murders that have been plaguing the city, and as a result, the police give Wally carte blanche to solve the case. When Josie's sister Kay Roberts brings Wally a letter from Josie indicating that she feared for her life, Wally realizes that he must infiltrate the hostess racket in order to uncover the truth. Wally persuades a group of chorus girls to whom he has given a break to apply for jobs at the club, and Kay takes the job of hat check girl, where she learns the location of a girl who has been beaten by Lucky. After persuading the girl to tell all she knows, Wally goes to Lucky's club and interrupts one of Lucky's disciplinary sessions. Lucky decides to kill the columnist, but first admits to Josie's murder. Captain McGraw of the police department overhears the confession and arrests Lucky. Anxious to round up the rest of Lucky's organization, Wally invites them all to a banquet, where police officers posing as waiters disarm and arrest the racketeers.