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The Little Kidnappers (1953)

The Kidnappers (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 1954 (Austria)
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 »



Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview:
Jim MacKenzie, Granddaddy
Grandma MacKenzie
Dr. Willem Bloem
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 ...
Tom Cameron
Eric Woodburn ...
Sam Howie
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Look into his heart...What longings lie there...what dreams...what frustrations? What words unspoken or thoughts unthought might have prevented this boy from doing the deed that shattered the whole countryside? Here is a motion picture with a heart...about people who forgot that a heart was made for love! See more »


Drama | Family | Romance | War


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Release Date:

1954 (Austria)  »

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The Little Kidnappers  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film, 'The Kidnappers' was submitted December 1, 1953 to the British Board of Film Classification (www.bbfc.co.uk) 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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Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) See more »

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Love this Film
2 January 2007 | by (Highlands, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film means a lot to me and my family. Duncan MacRae (Grandaddie) is a relative on my mother's side. It is lovely to hear these nice comments about this film from people as I think it is a great film. The two wee boys are such fantastic actors and make the film what it is. I have a cousin who was the spitting image of Davy. We used to make him run around yelling 'Don't eat the babbie, Grandaddie!'

I am still trying to find it on DVD/Video for my grandmother as we only have an old copy that was recorded off the telly. So if anyone can tell me where I could get a hold of an official copy of it that would be great.

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