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Ransom! (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1956 (Sweden)
The Stannards' son is kidnapped for ransom. Plot centres around Ford's (the father) efforts to find him.

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Alexander Scourby ...
Bobby Clark ...
Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor ...
Al Stannard
Lori March ...
Elizabeth Stannard
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Sheriff Jake Kessing
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Shirley Lorraine
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
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Fred Benson (as Robert Forrest)
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Storyline

When his son Andy is kidnapped and held for ransom, David Stannard liquidates his assets to meet the half-million dollar demand. A casual remark by newspaper reporter Charlie Telfer makes him change his mind. Despite the pleas from his wife Edith and brother Al, and the resultant condemnation of the press and public, Stannard goes on a nation-wide television program, displays the money and warns the kidnapper that not one cent will be paid for ransom; instead the money will be used to track down the kidnapper if Andy isn't returned unharmed. The police then find the boy's blood-stained shirt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When That Phone Rings.


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27 August 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Menschenraub  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,003,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,224,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,172,000, 31 December 1956
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $500,000 ransom in 1956 would equal almost $4,400,000 in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Dave hugs his son out by the "fort" in the backyard, a shadow of the boom microphone can clearly be seen on the leaf-covered fence behind them, to the right. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse: "King David was much moved and thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son, Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
[while crying and holding and comforting David Stannard, who has just learned that his son appears to have been killed by the kidnappers. From 2 Samuel, Chapter 18, Verse 33]
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Connections

Remade as Ransom (1996) See more »

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" No you are not a bad son, I should have been a better Father "
20 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

This story was based on a real life crime. First seen on Live T.V during 'The U.S. Steel Hour,' in 1954, as 'Fatefull Decision.' It was eventually re-staged in 1955 for the small screen, then further replicated in 1956 and lastly in 1996 by Ron Howard for the Big screen with Mel Gibson. Watching it for the first time, then comparing it with the newest version, I found, I enjoyed the older version better. Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of Mel Gibson, but I believe Glenn Ford was better fitted for the role. The Movie was in Black and White and called simply " Ransom. " The early imagery, stark shadowy profiles and Fords immense skills as a bone-fide actor made for an intense situation and the heavy dramatic part of Donna Reed assured it would become a Classic. Indeed, with the added exceptional talents of Leslie Nielsen, Robert Keith, Bobby Clark and Alexander Scourby, this movie was crafted with real movie magic. Easily Recommended. ****


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