The Disappearance of Aimee ~ (1976) ~ Faye Dunaway, Bette Davis, James Sloyan, James Woods, Severn Darden
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- Faye Dunaway ... Sister Aimee Semple McPherson
- Bette Davis ... Minnie Kennedy
- James Sloyan ... Dist. Atty. Asa Keyes
- James Woods ... Asst. Disty. Atty. Joseph Ryan
- John Lehne ... Capt. Cline
- Severn Darden ... S.I. Gilbert
ABOUT THIS TITLE
In 1926, flamboyant evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for six weeks. At first feared drowned (she'd been vacationing on a California beach at the time she vanished), Aimee finally showed up, wandering barefoot in the Mexican desert.
For the benefit of the press, Aimee related a fantastic story of being kidnapped and held for ransom, a story given "credence" by a ransom note which popped up at her Four Square Gospel headquarters. Aimee's tale was full of holes; as more facts became known, it was apparent (to everyone but "true believers") that Aimee had spent those six weeks on a romantic idyll with Kenneth Ormiston, a married radio technician.
This made-for-TV movie takes no sides in the controversy, offering generous space to both theories; still, Aimee does not come off as being particularly saint-like. Faye Dunaway stars as Aimee, Bette Davis co-stars as her domineering mother, and William Jordan is man-in-the-middle Ormiston.
Written by John McGreevey, The Disappearance of Aimee was the November 17, 1976, presentation of NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame .
Run time: 101m
B&W / Color: Color