In Scotland in 1752, the 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.



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Cast overview:
Sue England ...
Aileen Fairlie
Houseley Stevenson ...
Alex Frazer ...
Hugh Fairlie - Innkeeper
Winifriede McDowall ...
Innkeeper's Wife
Robert J. Anderson ...
Ransome - Cabin Boy (as Bobby Anderson)
Janet Murdoch ...
Olaf Hytten ...


In Scotland in 1752, the 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.

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Release Date:

28 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição da Torre  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Roddy McDowall was co-producer of this film and cast his mother, Winifriede McDowall, in the small role of the innkeeper's wife. Winifriede had dreamed of being an actress, but this was her only film role. See more »


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Agree with above reviewer
23 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The above reviewer made the exact points that I would make. Roddy McDowall was a natural for David Balfour, but the addition of a love interest spoiled the plot. They did the same thing in the 1938 version, only the love interest was for Warner Baxter's Alan Breck.

The only version of this tale to stick to the real Stevenson plot was the 1960 Disney version.

Also, I agree that Dan O'Herlihy made Alan Breck too genteel and dainty. Peter Finch fit the character. If only we could pluck Roddy McDowall out of 1948 and drop him down into 1960 to replace James MacArthur in the Disney version! --- Stan

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