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Kidnapped (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 27 May 1938 (USA)
In 1747, young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle Ebenezer who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate.

Directors:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker), Otto Preminger (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Alan Breck
Freddie Bartholomew ... David Balfour
Arleen Whelan ... Jean MacDonald
C. Aubrey Smith ... Duke of Argyle
Reginald Owen ... Captain Hoseason
John Carradine ... Gordon
Nigel Bruce ... Neil MacDonald
Miles Mander ... Ebenezer Balfour
Ralph Forbes ... James
H.B. Warner ... Angus Rankeillor
Arthur Hohl ... Riach
E.E. Clive ... Minister MacDougall
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dominie Campbell
Montagu Love ... Colonel Whitehead
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Ransome
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In the late eighteenth century David Balfour's evil uncle arranges for him to be kidnapped and sent to sea where he meets exiled Breck. The two make their way back to Scotland and justice. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Adventure | Drama

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Trivia

The film takes place in 1747. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1747, but Arleen Whelan's hair style is strictly 1938. See more »

Quotes

Duke of Argyle: Better to deal with one martyr than a nation of martyrs.
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Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: Kidnapped (1954) See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played briefly in the score
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A pro-peace film, typical of the Munich spirit in 1938
16 August 2010 | by helenevigneSee all my reviews

A pro-peace film, typical of the Munich spirit in 1938. The movie, turn in 1938, is as far from Stevenson that Stevenson himself is -intentionally-from Walter Scott "Rob Roy" for instance.The end, with its pro-peace sentence with"love of country"etc.sounds particularly anachronistic. The plot also neglects the tower scene, which is shorted. We think of what Hitchcock could have done. The novel is such a good plot that something of it does remains in the film. But think of adding a romance in "Treasure Island"for instance..! The casting is good, particularly Freddie Bartholomew and of course Warner Baxter, although not Scottish at all. I appreciate also to find in a second-part John Carradine with his long thin face which could be so impressive in western films and also as the abominable Nazi Heydrich in "Hitler's Madman", some five years later, when the Second World War was at its climax.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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