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The Little Kidnappers (1953)
"The Kidnappers" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  December 1953 (UK)
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A Scotsman, Jim MacKenzie, living on a primitive homestead in Nova Scotia, is raising his two grandsons, Harry and Davy, following the death of their father in the Boer War. His son's death... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Duncan Macrae ...
Jim MacKenzie, Granddaddy
Jean Anderson ...
Grandma MacKenzie
Dr. Willem Bloem
Jon Whiteley ...
Harry, Jim's Grandson
Vincent Winter ...
Davy - Jim's Grandson
Francis De Wolff ...
Jan Hooft Sr.
James Sutherland ...
Arron McNab
John Rae ...
Andrew McCleod
Jack Stewart ...
Jameson Clark ...
Eric Woodburn ...
Sam Howie
Christopher Beeny ...
Jan Hooft Jr.
Howard Connell ...
Archibald Jenkins


A Scotsman, Jim MacKenzie, living on a primitive homestead in Nova Scotia, is raising his two grandsons, Harry and Davy, following the death of their father in the Boer War. His son's death has developed antagonism by MacKenzie toward all Dutchmen, which leads to Harry brawling at school with the son of a Dutchman. Harry falls down a cliff and is helped home by the community doctor, Willem Bloem, a Dutchman in love with MacKenzie's daughter, Kirsty. Due to the old man's feelings, they must carry on a clandestine romance. Forbidden by their grandfather to have a dog, Harry and Davy "kidnap" an unattended baby and care for the child in a lean-to shack. When found, the baby proves to be the child of MacKenzie's most-bitter Dutch enemy. Written by Les Adams <>

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1.37 : 1
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The film, 'The Kidnappers' was submitted December 1, 1953 to the British Board of Film Classification ( with a 92:46 run time by General Film Dist Ltd, submitted again May 21, 1998 (video cassette) with 89:02 run time by Video Collection International, and submitted a third time June 15, 2012 by Strawberry Media (DVD distributor) with a run time of 89:33 that included a 00:32 track 2 with three chapters: copyright warning, Strawberry Media frame, and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (digital mastering) logo clip. The 4% difference in run time between the film and the videos results from the 24 frames/second film being shown on video at a rate of 25 frames/second (50 interlaced frames/second). See more »


Davy - Jim's Grandson: Are we going to keep it forever?
Harry, Jim's Grandson: I don't know... We'll keep it for a year or two anyways, until it's got a mind of its own - and then, if it wants to hit the trail, there won't be no stopping it.
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Remade as The Little Kidnappers (1990) See more »

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Heartwarming movie rarely seen today
5 January 2006 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I came across this charming film today, purely by accident while scanning my TV channels. I was absolutely delighted at this lucky chance. It is 52 years ago since I saw it on its 1st release and many memories came flooding back of a film which made a great impression on me as a young boy. The background of old world emigrants carving out new lives in the wilds of Nova Scotia, the script using authentic Scottish phrases and idioms, the splendid acting by the principals all combined to make a lasting memory of this excellent story. As a boy, I could never forget the final scene where the formally stern grandfather relents and orders an Irish Setter for his his 2 grandsons. Their delighted expressions filled the final fade-out - an unforgettable film for me and one which should fill the Christmas TV schedules in preference to some of the less memorable films which turn up every year.

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