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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Release Date:

27 August 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Menschenraub  »

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Budget:

$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

Mrs. Stannard waits for her husband to return from work and son from school by playing the piano near the front window. She hears a vehicle in the drive and lifts her left wrist to look at her watch - the music from the piano continues with the part for BOTH hands. See more »

Quotes

David G. Stannard: That's the barrel they have me over. They don't have to trust me. I have to trust them.
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Connections

Version of The United States Steel Hour: Fearful Decision (1955) See more »

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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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