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Kidnapped (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 27 May 1938 (USA)
In 1747, young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle Ebenezer who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate.

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(as Alfred Werker), (uncredited)

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(as Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'/The Adventures of David Balfour), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Alan Breck
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David Balfour
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Jean MacDonald
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Captain Hoseason
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Gordon
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Neil MacDonald
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Ebenezer Balfour
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James
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Angus Rankeillor
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Riach
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Minister MacDougall
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Dominie Campbell
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Colonel Whitehead
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In the late eighteenth century David Balfour's evil uncle arranges for him to be kidnapped and sent to sea where he meets exiled Breck. The two make their way back to Scotland and justice. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

27 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although the film was released in sepia tone, the print on the Fox Movie channel was in black-and-white. See more »

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When Freddie Bartholemew is walking to Edinburgh, he passes a road sign showing "Edinboro" which would be an Americanized spelling of the city. See more »

Quotes

Duke of Argyle: Better to deal with one martyr than a nation of martyrs.
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Version of Kidnapped (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish song
Played often in the soundtrack
Sung a cappella by Arleen Whelan, Warner Baxter and Freddie Bartholomew
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Scotland 1747
18 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you're a Robert Louis Stevenson purist you will probably not find this version of Kidnapped to your liking. I've not seen yet the version with Roddy McDowall from 1948, but the Disney version with James MacArthur and Peter Finch sticks far closer to what Stevenson wrote.

Not that Freddie Bartholomew is bad as young Balfour the heir who gets hijacked rather than kidnapped, a scheme to deprive him of a Scottish title by his miserly uncle played by Miles Mander. In the book and in the Disney film, Balfour's story is the plot of the film. In this version we get far more of Scottish politics as they were in 1747.

The character of Balfour's grownup savior Alan Breck is built up and a whole plot involving a romance with a Scottish lass played by Arleen Whelan is given equal time with the Balfour predicament. Warner Baxter is cast as Alan Breck and this must have only happened because Darryl Zanuck had Tyrone Power and Don Ameche working on other projects. Power would really have brought a verve to the role that Baxter just didn't have. Not unlike The Prince And The Pauper where Errol Flynn is the dashing Miles Hendon saving the young king Edward VI. And in that film Flynn while top billed did not have his character built up to take away from the main story.

Kidnapped is not a bad film, but the Disney version is much better.


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