Starring Dennis O'Keefe, Gale Storm, Marjorie Rambeau, Raymond Burr,
Will Kuluva and Jeff Chandler
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Runtime: 78 min.
Picture Quality: B
Viewers who know Gale Storm only through her chaotic comic
performances on TV's My Little Margie and Oh Susanna will be surprised
by her subdued dramatic performance in Abandoned. Storm plays Paula
Consodine, who comes to Los Angeles in search of her missing sister.
Newspaperman Mark Sitko (Dennis O'Keefe), investigating on Paula's
behalf, discovers that the sister is dead, a supposed suicide. The whole
thing seems a bit fishy to Sitko, and indeed it is: the girl's death was
engineered by a black-market adoption racket, headed by one DeCola
(Will Kuluva). Paula bravely offers to act as bait to draw the criminals out,
a formidable task given the presence of such secondary villains as
Raymond Burr and Mike Mazurki.