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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 ... Captain 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 ... Colonel 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 ... Captain Frazer
Charles Irwin ... Sergeant Ellis
John Burton ... Lieutenant 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)
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)

Directed by
Alfred L. Werker  (as Alfred Werker)
Otto Preminger (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Louis Stevenson  (as Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'/The Adventures of David Balfour)

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

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 (photography)
Bert Glennon (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... 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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Scotland 1747, 18 August 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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