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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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Edith Stannard
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Juano Hernandez ...
Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse
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Police Chief Jim Backett
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Langly
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Mrs. Partridge
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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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Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Nurse
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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

Film debut of Leslie Nielsen. 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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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.18 (1956) See more »

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Capable knuckle-biter...
4 December 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Close-knit family is torn apart after young boy is kidnapped. Glenn Ford does his usual first-class work as the boy's distraught father, though the supporting performances fail to match up or make any impact of their own. Director Alex Segal shows no imagination behind the camera, and his film is workman-like in the manner of TV dramas. Donna Reed's hysterical mom becomes tiresome before too long, and there isn't much detail on the kidnappers themselves (whom we never see). By giving us some inkling of their plans or intrinsic motives, the movie might have felt more fully played out. Still, Ford is almost always worth watching, and his thoughtful work should certainly please his fans. Remade in 1996 with Mel Gibson. ** from ****


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