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No Deposit, No Return (1976)

After finding out that their mother is going to be working through another school holiday, two children are shipped to spend the holiday with their Grandfather. On their way to their ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Turner
Longnecker (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Big Joe
Peter (as Bob Hastings)
Louis Guss ...
Richard O'Brien ...
Capt. Boland
Sgt. Benson
Ruth Manning ...
Miss Murdock


After finding out that their mother is going to be working through another school holiday, two children are shipped to spend the holiday with their Grandfather. On their way to their Grandfather, the children decide to fly to see their mother in Hong Kong instead but they need money for tickets. They accidentally run into two criminals at the airport and end up in a taxi with them. At the criminal's hideout, the children decide to send a ransom note to their Grandfather to fund their flight to Hong Kong and help the criminals pay a debt. Shenanigans ensue and like O. Henry's novel, of "The Ransom of Red Chief" the ransom decreases as time passes. Written by Shanna M.

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5 February 1976 (USA)  »

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Double Trouble  »

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1.75 : 1
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Don Knotts said that one day, while he was filming scenes for this project in the San Francisco airport, a director approached him and said he would like to cast him in a more dramatic film one time. Although this never happened, Knotts said he was flattered by the offer. The director that suggested this idea to Don Knotts, was Sam Peckinpah. See more »


When they are trying to open the safe, Bert wraps the tape around his fingers once in his face shot then again in Duke's face shot. See more »


Bert: [hears sirens] THEY'RE HERE, IT'S THE COPS!
Duke: It's fire engines, and they're passing by.
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Don't Deposit, Don't Return Unless You're Under 12
23 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Maybe if Walt Disney Studios had decided to make a real adaption of O'Henry's Ransom Of Red Chief the results might have come out better. Certainly the story had been used before most successfully by 20th Century Fox in their O'Henry anthology film O'Henry's Full House where Fred Allen and Oscar Levant played the luckless kidnappers of Lee Aaker. But this adaption, credited or not, in No Deposit, No Return is one of the Magic Kingdom's less successful family films.

I have no doubt that originally this was intended for Don Knotts to be once again teamed up with Tim Conway. If that had happened maybe the results would have been better. On the other hand you could believe Darren McGavin was a top professional safe-cracker a lot faster than Conway.

Brother and sister Brad Savage and Kim Richards are on Easter break from their boarding school in the United Kingdom and instead of being with their absentee mother Barbara Feldon, they are going to be spending time with their stuffy grandfather David Niven in Los Angeles. That's a terrific disappointment because Niven's just not a kid's person.

So after ditching chauffeur Bob Hastings sent to pick them up and falling in with crooks McGavin and Knotts, the kids hatch a scheme to stage their own kidnapping in the hopes of raising plane fare to Hong Kong where mom is and for their two accomplices to get out of a mounting gambling debt owed to Vic Tayback.

Kids under the age of 12 might approve of this film. Every adult in the film is positively clueless, including cops Herschel Bernardi and Charles Martin Smith. Having kids be the smartest ones in a film is always guaranteed to please a juvenile audience. But you've got to wonder how Bernardi and Smith ever got on the force and how McGavin, Knotts, and Tayback ever succeeded in a life of crime.

As for David Niven this was one of two films he made for the Magic Kingdom, the other being Candleshoe. That one being set in England took advantage of Niven's background. In No Deposit, No Return, Niven's considerable charm is stretched to the breaking point.

Recommended strictly for grade school kids. I'm sure William Sidney Porter is glad he wasn't given any screen credit for this.

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