5.2/10
57
4 user 1 critic

Held for Ransom (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 17 June 1938 (USA)
The kidnappers of Herbert Scott have been paid the demanded ransom but have not returned Scott. The police chief suspects Larry Scott, the spendthrift nephew, but an opposing view is held ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Big News (1929)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A reporter's marriage is jeopardized by his drinking and he finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Carole Lombard, Louis Payne
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Chain gang prisoners forced to construct a "liberty highway" for their overseer chasten under his brutal stewardship, causing Duke Ellis to mastermind a mass riot.

Director: Rowland Brown
Stars: Richard Dix, Rochelle Hudson, Tom Brown
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Feuding fathers deal with the shocking news that their sons were switched at birth, meaning that one of their daughters is about to marry her own brother.

Director: Ralph Murphy
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Edward Everett Horton
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready
Bank Alarm (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An investigator tries to find a gang responsible for a rash of bank robberies. What he doesn't know is that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang's ringleader.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Eleanor Hunt, Vince Barnett
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When he runs short of money, a newspaper reporter pawns a police revolver he was given after he helped the police solve a case. Later on the gun is used in a murder, and the reporter is suspected of committing the crime.

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Maxine Doyle, Henry Kolker
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Saleslady (1938)
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Department store employees Mary Dakin and Bob Spencer are married, with Bob not knowing Mary is the granddaughter of millionaire mattress-king Miles Cannon.

Director: Arthur Greville Collins
Stars: Anne Nagel, Weldon Heyburn, Harry Davenport
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.

Director: Otto Brower
Stars: Carole Landis, William Gargan, Richard Crane
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Louis Hayward, Dennis O'Keefe, Louise Allbritton
Smart Alec II (1951)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A bizarre attempt at a humorous murder mystery. A fat rich man snoozing on a balcony is bludgeoned to death while the Smart Alec of the title has one of the dumbest alibis ever. Antics from... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Peter Reynolds, Leslie Dwyer, Edward Lexy
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young married couple whose plans for their life together haven't turned out as expected decide to rob the bank where the husband works of $100,000, then hide the money in a safe place and... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Richard Cromwell, Helen Mack, Lionel Atwill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... Betty Mason
... Larry Scott
Bruce Warren ... Don
... Morrison
... McBride
... Mole
Eddie Foster ... Joe (as Edward Foster)
... Donnelly
... Hathaway (as George Moore)
... Storekeeper
Edit

Storyline

The kidnappers of Herbert Scott have been paid the demanded ransom but have not returned Scott. The police chief suspects Larry Scott, the spendthrift nephew, but an opposing view is held by Morrison, federal operator in charge of the case. He assigns Betty Mason, his best woman operative, to the case. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Terror grips a city as its leading citizen vanishes! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuoco al mulino  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The ship Betty and Larry take for their honeymoon in Hawaii was the recently refurbished and renamed SS Matsonia, now all first class. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I actually liked this one....
22 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Held for Ransom" is a cheap B-movie from the International Film Corporation--a company NO ONE has heard of today. Yet, despite its very low-budget and very humble cast, it managed to be quite interesting and worth seeing. To me, it's a great example of a B that proves they aren't all lousy films--many were, despite their limitations, pretty good in their own right.

The film begins by learning that there has been a spate of kidnappings. The latest, however, is different. While it appears the same gang is involved, once they received the ransom they still refuse to release the victim. The kidnapped man's nephew takes a vacation and blunders into the same town where the crooks are hiding. And, unknown to any of them, a female G-man (or is that a 'G-woman'?) is there as well--hot on the trail of the scum-bags. Can goodness triumph over evil? What do you think!

I think I liked the film because of the crazy old fashioned gangster dialog as well as the spunky lady Federal Agent. I especially loved when she, too, used this wonderful old-time language when she warned one of the crooks..."You're not too dumb--a move like that and it's the hot seat!". I just loved that line and the rest of the film was fast-moving and well done. While it certainly won't tax your brain or rival many A-pictures, for what it is, "Held for Ransom" is a good film.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial