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The Little Kidnappers (1953)
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 -  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 ...
Tom Cameron
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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baby | clandestine | boer war | cliff | shack | See more »


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Drama | Family | Romance | War


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Release Date:

December 1953 (UK)  »

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The Little Kidnappers  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to an article in Picture Show magazine dated 20 February 1954, the baby girl was played by Anthony Michael Heathcoat. 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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Two small orphaned children in Nova Scotia find a baby and keep it as a pet.
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another of the older generation chiming in! I saw this on its first release and have never forgotten it. I can still recite whole sections: "Granddaddy, granddaddy, don't eat the babby!" or the two little boys deciding what to call the baby girl: "We'll call it Edward, after the king"; "I still think Rover's a very nice name." And the scene as the Scottish girl washes her hair by the fire under the loving eye of the Dutchman, Theodore Bikel.

The black and white photography is magical. The view of the tall grandfather striding along with his flying beard, seen from the level of the littlest boy, is still tattooed behind my eyes!

Definitely a must-see.

I pair it with another long-time favorite, the South African "Pennywhistle Blues," as a cherished treasure.

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