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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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December 1953 (UK)  »

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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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The Little Kidnappers - 1953 version - the best version!!
6 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great movie. The story is wonderful and the children in this movie are absolutely amazing. They are so natural and adorable. Actually, everyone in this film is believable and natural. The remake with Charleton Heston doesn't even come close in quality to this 1953 heart warmer. The true disappointment is that this movie has never been on video or DVD. I've looked for years and have only found pirated copies of the film as it was taped from television! And it's been years since it was on television, even as a late night movie. I miss it and would be very happy if this film was made into DVD. It's my mother's favorite movie and I would love to get her a VHS or DVD version of it!

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