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Ransom! (1956)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edith Stannard
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Juano Hernandez ...
Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse
Robert Keith ...
Police Chief Jim Backett
Richard Gaines ...
Langly
Mabel Albertson ...
Mrs. Partridge
Alexander Scourby ...
Dr. Paul Y. Gorman
Bobby Clark ...
Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor ...
Al Stannard
Lori March ...
Elizabeth Stannard
Robert Burton ...
Sheriff Jake Kessing
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Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Nurse
Robert Stevenson ...
Fred Benson (as Robert Forrest)
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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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27 August 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Film debut of Leslie Nielsen. See more »

Quotes

David G. Stannard: When you catch that kidnapper, I want you to lock me in a room with him for 20 minutes and throw away the key.
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Powerful and thought provoking drama based purely on the characters.
18 November 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Restrained performances and confined locations make this a powerful thriller. Glenn Ford is superb in the role, Leslie Neilson however is a tad over the top. Where this film succeeds is in sticking with the main character and never straying from his confinement or his pain, and when it comes to the hardest decision of his life, you're battered by the argueing group. Gritty and thought provoking.


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