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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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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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(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Gordon (Mrs. MacDonald) would later appear in Kidnapped (1948), another adaptation of the 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1747, but Arleen Whelan's hair style is strictly 1938. See more »

Quotes

Duke of Argyle: Better to deal with one martyr than a nation of martyrs.
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Connections

Version of Kidnapped (1978) 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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. 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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