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Kidnapped (1948)

Approved | | Adventure | 28 November 1948 (USA)
In Scotland in 1752, the 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.

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William Beaudine

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Roddy McDowall ... David Balfour
Sue England ... Aileen Fairlie
Dan O'Herlihy ... Alan Breck
Roland Winters ... Capt. Hoseason
Jeff Corey ... Shaun
Houseley Stevenson ... Ebenezer
Erskine Sanford ... Rankeillor
Alex Frazer Alex Frazer ... Hugh Fairlie - Innkeeper
Winifriede McDowall Winifriede McDowall ... Innkeeper's Wife
Robert J. Anderson ... Ransome - Cabin Boy (as Bobby Anderson)
Janet Murdoch Janet Murdoch ... Janet Clouston
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... The Red Fox
Erville Alderson ... Mungo
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In Scotland in 1752, the 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição da Torre See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Roddy McDowall was co-producer of this film and cast his mother, Winifriede McDowall, in the small role of the innkeeper's wife. Winifriede had dreamed of being an actress, but this was her only film role. See more »

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Version of Kidnapped (1995) See more »

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The perfect David Balfour - Otherwise, so-so
12 March 2005 | by stanley375See all my reviews

Roddy McDowell (who was also executive producer for this film,) was the perfect David Balfour. His accent was more toward the English than the Scottish, but that can be overlooked. At McDowell's age in 1948, it was natural for him to play this role.

Having been a big fan of the original Stevenson novel, I was disappointed that they felt they had to add a "love interest." It completely changed the point of the movie. In the novel, the focus was upon the relationship between the two characters, Alan Breck and David Balfour; how they liked each other despite their severe political differences, and how they came to respect each other as well.

The addition of the girl just made it into a trite coming of age romance, with Alan Breck turning into hardly more than a colorful sidekick.

I also feel that Dan O'Herlihy played Alan Breck as an entirely too genteel a gentleman. Peter Finch captured him much more closely in the Disney film of 1960. Alan Breck was a gentleman, yes, but also a wild highlander with none of the daintiness affected by O'Herlihy.


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