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Ransom! (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1956 (Sweden)
After the child of wealthy parents gets abducted, the police and a member of the press intervene to assist the parents in their search but end up complicating their impending decisions.

Director:

Alex Segal

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... David G. 'Dave' Stannard
Donna Reed ... Edith Stannard
Leslie Nielsen ... Charlie Telfer
Juano Hernandez ... Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse
Robert Keith ... Police Chief Jim Backett
Richard Gaines ... Langly
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Partridge
Alexander Scourby ... Dr. Paul Y. Gorman
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Al Stannard
Lori March ... Elizabeth Stannard
Robert Burton ... Sheriff Jake Kessing
Juanita Moore ... Shirley Lorraine
Mary Alan Hokanson Mary Alan Hokanson ... Nurse
Robert Stevenson ... 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.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Fearful Decision See more »

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Budget:

$1,003,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The verse from the Bible Jesse says to Dave as he's holding him on the stairs is 2 Samuel 18:33. At the end of the film, Jesse recites Luke 15:24. See more »

Goofs

After the cop breaks up the argument outside the Stannard house, a shadow of the camera is visible on the backs of people in the foreground and on the ice cream truck as it moves to the right. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse: [closing line] "This my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost, and is found!"
[When David Stannard's son is discovered to be alive after all. From St Luke, Chapter 15, Verse 24]
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Version of The United States Steel Hour: Fearful Decision (1955) See more »

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Little Big Movie
13 December 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

"Ransom!" is an unpretentious film that comes out as an excellent thriller. It is also one of the few movies made by director Alex Segal (who did most of his work for television) and he does a prolix and correct job with the story of a wealthy man whose little boy is kidnapped for ransom and decides not to take the easy way; instead o paying the money demanded by the kidnappers he offers it all for their capture dead of alive.

What is interesting and "catching" here is that all you see of the villains is one hand that holds a cigarette, but there is no need for more to keep tension and thrill high all along.

There's a very good performance from Glenn Ford and Donna Reed as the parents of the abducted kid for whom their happy life turns into hell in a matter of hours. Ford has to deal not only with the kidnappers but also with his wife, family, friends and neighbors who are against the man's decision considered as a risky one for his son's life.

Although probably youngsters will prefer the more recent Mel Gibson/Rene Russo version -more an action film than a real thriller- I think this one is superior with his mysterious villains and truly dark atmosphere all along with not one single gun shot is fired. In any case this version is a more difficult product to achieve since it focuses more on dialogues, desperation and characters psychology.

Not a classic film perhaps but a very good one indeed, most watchable and enjoyable.


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