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Ransom! (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1956 (Sweden)
The Stannards' son is kidnapped for ransom. Plot centres around Ford's (the father) efforts to find him.

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Dr. Paul Y. Gorman
Bobby Clark ...
Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor ...
Al Stannard
Lori March ...
Elizabeth Stannard
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Sheriff Jake Kessing
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Shirley Lorraine
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Fred Benson (as Robert Forrest)
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Storyline

When his son Andy is kidnapped and held for ransom, David Stannard liquidates his assets to meet the half-million dollar demand. A casual remark by newspaper reporter Charlie Telfer makes him change his mind. Despite the pleas from his wife Edith and brother Al, and the resultant condemnation of the press and public, Stannard goes on a nation-wide television program, displays the money and warns the kidnapper that not one cent will be paid for ransom; instead the money will be used to track down the kidnapper if Andy isn't returned unharmed. The police then find the boy's blood-stained shirt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When That Phone Rings.


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27 August 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Menschenraub  »

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$1,003,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was based on an episode of The United States Steel Hour (1953) called "Fearful Decision" that first aired live on June 22, 1954. It was so well received it was restaged on May 10, 1955. After this film was made, it was remade by 'Ron Howard' as Ransom (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Dave hugs his son out by the "fort" in the backyard, a shadow of the boom microphone can clearly be seen on the leaf-covered fence behind them, to the right. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Telfer: That's right. Trick or treat.
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Version of The United States Steel Hour: Fearful Decision (1955) See more »

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A new respect for Glenn Ford...
2 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had seen him in the Big Heat and while it was an admirable performance, seemed a bit wooden. Not so in this film. Ford gives many dimensions to a man in conflict and trauma, he is multi-faceted and really the focus of the film.

The film was based on a true crime committed in the 1950's. Ford's son is kidnapped by someone posing as a nurse, removing his child from school. A wealthy man, Ford questions the efficacy of paying a ransom- why pay? he asks.

Donna Reed as his wife is acceptable but at the start of the film a bit too perky and perfect. There is a nice sub-plot with Juano Hernanadez, the family butler, who looks after Ford and prays for him; trying to help him survive the horrific events.

I had seen the new version with Rene Russo and Mel Gibson. It is a pale version; the new version is all glitz and no substance. Ford draws the audience into his despair, and we truly care about the outcome of these characters. There is no mindless action, violence as there is in the Gibson movie.

Highly recommended. 8/10.


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