ABC Weekend Specials: Season 1, Episode 6

The Ransom of Red Chief (22 Oct. 1977)

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Fun Adaptation of O.Henry Classic Story
23 December 2000 | by (Cleveland,Ohio) – See all my reviews

If I remember correctly,this was done for some sort of children's early Saturday afternoon series sometime in the middle 70s.And it shows a lot of work,good writing,careful direction,and outstanding production values.They adhere close to both the spirit and the details of the original opus.Everybody has a lot of fun doing this show,and everybody watching it should get a lot of laughs out of it.My only,criticism is with some of the casting,and that only in the most peripheral fashion.Elam and Martin,as the kidnappers,are an accomplished pair of character actors,who can handle melodrama,farce,low comedy,and straight drama with ease.While one has difficulty imagining them doing Noel Coward,they can play straight or character or comic parts with ease.When one remembers the types of vicious villains that they played in the 50s and 60s,though,their current portrayals don't quite stand up.If a high-spirited kid gave them trouble in a 50s film(given the characters they played then),they probably would have murdered him.And that is something that I find rather disturbing.Otherwise,enjoy this flic as the fun that it is.


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