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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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Robert Louis Stevenson Adventure Film See more (8 total) »

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)
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)

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

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 (art direction)
Mark-Lee Kirk (art direction)
 
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 direction
 
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)

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:
Errors in geography: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Kidnapped (1917/II)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Robert Louis Stevenson Adventure Film, 10 February 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A young Scotsman, on his way to becoming laird of his family property, instead finds himself in the very thick of his country's rebellion against the English, hunted & harried & in constant peril, after his evil uncle has him KIDNAPPED.

This is a fairly good adventure film which, now and again, actually includes some of the original plot as penned in the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Action scenes are well done, but the wholly unnecessary romantic subplot gets very much in the way.

Warner Baxter is completely miscast as the great literary hero, Alan Breck; he doesn't even attempt to act Scots and his accent is pure Yankee. One wonders what Fox Studio had in mind. In the supporting cast was a star from silent screen days, British actor Ralph Forbes, who could have given the role more authority & punch. Instead, Forbes is given a tiny part & disappears quickly.

Freddie Bartholomew does a fine job as young David Balfour and there is an excellent supporting cast of sterling character players of the period: John Carradine, Nigel Bruce, Mary Gordon, Halliwell Hobbes, E. E. Clive, Montague Love, H. B. Warner & Eily Maylon. Reginald Owen is especially good as an old rapscallion of a sea captain, while Sir C. Aubrey Smith scores as a wise old duke.



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