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Writers:
Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
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Release Date:
27 May 1938 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Baxter ... Alan Breck
Freddie Bartholomew ... David Balfour
Arleen Whelan ... Jean MacDonald

C. Aubrey Smith ... Duke of Argyle

Reginald Owen ... Capt. Hoseason

John Carradine ... Gordon

Nigel Bruce ... Neil MacDonald

Miles Mander ... Ebenezer Balfour
Ralph Forbes ... James

H.B. Warner ... Angus Rankeiller
Arthur Hohl ... Riach
E.E. Clive ... Minister MacDougall
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dominie Campbell
Montagu Love ... Col. Whitehead
Donald Haines ... Ransome
Moroni Olsen ... Douglas (as Maroni Olsen)
Leonard Mudie ... Red Fox
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. MacDonald
Forrester Harvey ... Innkeeper
Clyde Cook ... Blubber - the Ship's Cook
Russell Hicks ... Bailiff
Billy Watson ... Bobby MacDonald
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Campbell
Kenneth Hunter ... Capt. Frazer
Charles Irwin ... Sgt. Ellis
John Burton ... Lt. Stone
David Clyde ... Blacksmith
Holmes Herbert ... Judge
Brandon Hurst ... Doomster

Vernon Steele ... Captain
C. Montague Shaw ... Scottish Statesman
Robert Noble ... Warden (as R.T. Noble)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Atkinson ... Child Bagpipe Player (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Sergeant (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... English Officer (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... English Diplomat (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Larry Dods ... Dragoon (uncredited)
Scotty Dunsmuir ... Clansman (uncredited)
Jack Egger ... Child (uncredited)
Bob Falkenberg ... Urchin (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... English Officer (uncredited)
Douglas Gerrard ... Clansman (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Clansman (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... Dragoon (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Guard (uncredited)
Peter Hobbes ... English Officer (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... English Officer (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Leader of Clansmen (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Clansman (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Clansman (uncredited)
Ian Maclaren ... Minister (uncredited)
J.P. McGowan ... Clansman (uncredited)
Charles McNaughton ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Burton Cagney Miller ... Child (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Clansman (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Clansman (uncredited)
Antonia Oland ... Child (uncredited)
Clifford Severn ... Urchin (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Cook (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ... Clansman (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Old Man (uncredited)
John Graham Spacey ... Clansman (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Clansman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Sutton ... English Officer (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Crewman (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Sergeant (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Clansman (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Charles Unger ... Child (uncredited)
Harry Watson ... Sandy - an Urchin (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Proprietor's Wife (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Torrence (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred L. Werker 
Otto Preminger (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Louis Stevenson (novel "Kidnapped")

Sonya Levien (screenplay) &
Eleanor Harris (screenplay) &
Ernest Pascal (screenplay) and
Edwin Blum (screenplay)

Walter Ferris  uncredited
Curtis Kenyon  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Richard Sherman  uncredited

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland 
Bert Glennon (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Booth McCracken .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... musical director
 
Other crew
Chris Christensen .... ship builder (uncredited)
Hertzel Effensachs .... assistant marine coordinator (uncredited)
Booth McCracken .... fill-in director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour" - USA (long title)
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Runtime:
90 min (FMC Library Print)
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #4052) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Although the film was released in sepia tone, the print on the Fox Movie channel was in black-and-white.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Kidnapped" (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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Robert Louis Stevenson Romance, 21 August 2012
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In 1747 Scotland, rebellious Warner Baxter (as Alan Breck) leads his men against British rule and becomes an outlawed traitor. Meanwhile, young teenager Freddie Bartholomew (a David Balfour) is at school when he learns his long-absent father has died and left him a letter to deliver to wealthy uncle Miles Mander (as Ebenezer Balfour). On the way to his castle, young Bartholomew witnesses an assassination. Because he knows the assassin's identity, Bartholomew is kidnapped by Mr. Baxter. For another reason, Bartholomew is pursued by Mr. Mander. Danger and adventure continue in earnest...

Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, but significantly altered to play up Baxter's character and his romance with pretty newcomer Arleen Whelan (as Jean MacDonald). Although it's not the first or last time an older star was paired with a much younger mate, it appears ill-fitting here. The script helps, a least, by acknowledging Ms. Whelan's youthful appearance, when she pretends to be Bartholomew's mother. Otherwise, this is an excellently produced adventure story. The scenes involving Bartholomew and Mander are especially well staged. "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" will have you humming.

******* Kidnapped, The Adventures of David Balfour (5/27/38) Alfred L. Werker ~ Freddie Bartholomew, Warner Baxter, Arleen Whelan, Miles Mander

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