Gale 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.
This is a B-grade horror film and it’s slow moving and pretty uninteresting, not very scary and just plain dumb. It’s a combination of “Night of the Living Dead” and a graphic “Twilight Zone”. “Abandoned” fails to grab the attention of the audience. The audience in this case was just me and nobody else. I am guessing that “The Abandoned” was named correctly since it seems that the entire moving-going public has done just that and for good cause I might add. This film will not make any money at the box office, will not receive any critical acclaim for any facet of the production and will and should be thrown into the trash heap. It is not family-friendly either. ” The Abandoned” misses on all counts. Stay away from this one.