The Nursemaid Who Disappeared

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The Nursemaid Who Disappeared
Directed by Arthur B. Woods
Screenplay byConnery Chappell
Paul Gangelin
Based onnovel The Nursemaid Who Disappeared by Philip Macdonald [1]
Produced by Jerome Jackson (executive producer)
Starring Arthur Margetson
Peter Coke
Lesley Brook
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Edited by Leslie Norman (uncredited)
Warner Brothers-First National Productions
Distributed byWarner Bros. (UK)
Release date
  • March 1939 (1939-03)(UK)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Nursemaid Who Disappeared is a 1939 British, black-and-white, crime film, directed by Arthur B. Woods and starring Ronald Shiner as Detective Smith (uncredited), Ian Fleming, Arthur Margetson, Peter Coke and Edward Chapman. [2] Based on a 1938 Philip Macdonald novel, it was produced by Warner Brothers – First National Productions. [3] The 1956 American 20th Century-Fox film, 23 Paces to Baker Street , was based on the same novel. [4]



In this thriller, a playwright overhears a gang of men plotting a kidnapping and enlists the assistance of a detective to investigate them. They soon find the ring is fronted by a bogus employment agency that sends "clients" to check out potential victims. Action ensues as they endeavor to stop them. [5]


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