Kidnapped (1938)

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


(as Alfred Werker) , (uncredited)


(as Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'/The Adventures of David Balfour) , (screen play), 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke of Argyle
Arthur Hohl ...
E.E. Clive ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Dominie Campbell
Montagu Love ...
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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 <>

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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  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Otto Preminger was fired and replaced by Alfred L. Werker after 20th Century-Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck complained that he hadn't followed the script while directing a scene with Freddie Bartholomew and a dog. Although Preminger at first tried to remain calm, insisting that he had followed the script, Zanuck continued to argue with him until Preminger launched into a screaming tirade at him and stormed out of the screening room. The next day Preminger returned to Fox to find the lock on his office changed and his name taken off the door, and his parking space moved to a faraway location on the lot. Although he still had 11 months in his two-year contract, Preminger soon left Fox. See more »


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 »


Duke of Argyle: Better to deal with one martyr than a nation of martyrs.
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Version of Schüsse unterm Galgen (1970) See more »


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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. The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Balfour the Younger
2 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Based on a novel by Stevenson,at the time when the Scottish rebels were fighting against the English king and his tax collectors .

The hero is a young boy,who recalls Jim Hawkins ,David Copperfield as well as John Mohune ("Moonfleet" );as could be expected ,this young "laird" does not take a rebel stand ,he trusts his king and he already speaks like a little man ,a true noble.His "initiation rites " like those of the other characters I mention take him to adulthood.

Best moment is the arrival in the wicked uncle's (a Dickensian character,a cross between Murdstone and Uriah Heep)castle ,a place where you eat porridge (ungenerous portions)and where a horror movie could take place.

The first of at least five versions (including the MTV one which is twice as long as the others).Well acted.

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