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Held for Ransom (1938)

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The kidnappers of Herbert Scott have been paid the demanded ransom but have not returned Scott. The police chief suspects Larry Scott, the spendthrift nephew, but an opposing view is held ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Blanche Mehaffey ...
Betty Mason
Grant Withers ...
Larry Scott
Bruce Warren ...
Jack Mulhall ...
Kenneth Harlan ...
Harry Harvey ...
Eddie Foster ...
Joe (as Edward Foster)
Walter McGrail ...
Moore Marriott ...
Hathaway (as George Moore)
Robert McKenzie ...


The kidnappers of Herbert Scott have been paid the demanded ransom but have not returned Scott. The police chief suspects Larry Scott, the spendthrift nephew, but an opposing view is held by Morrison, federal operator in charge of the case. He assigns Betty Mason, his best woman operative, to the case. Written by Les Adams <>

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17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuoco al mulino  »

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The ship Betty and Larry take for their honeymoon in Hawaii was the recently refurbished and renamed SS Matsonia, now all first class. See more »

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22 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Held for Ransom" is a cheap B-movie from the International Film Corporation--a company NO ONE has heard of today. Yet, despite its very low-budget and very humble cast, it managed to be quite interesting and worth seeing. To me, it's a great example of a B that proves they aren't all lousy films--many were, despite their limitations, pretty good in their own right.

The film begins by learning that there has been a spate of kidnappings. The latest, however, is different. While it appears the same gang is involved, once they received the ransom they still refuse to release the victim. The kidnapped man's nephew takes a vacation and blunders into the same town where the crooks are hiding. And, unknown to any of them, a female G-man (or is that a 'G-woman'?) is there as well--hot on the trail of the scum-bags. Can goodness triumph over evil? What do you think!

I think I liked the film because of the crazy old fashioned gangster dialog as well as the spunky lady Federal Agent. I especially loved when she, too, used this wonderful old-time language when she warned one of the crooks..."You're not too dumb--a move like that and it's the hot seat!". I just loved that line and the rest of the film was fast-moving and well done. While it certainly won't tax your brain or rival many A-pictures, for what it is, "Held for Ransom" is a good film.

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