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No Deposit, No Return (1976)

During school-break, two kids are to stay with their rich Grandpa but they would rather join their mother overseas, so, in need of plane-ticket cash, they convince two petty-criminals to fake-kidnap them for a ransom they could all share.


Norman Tokar


Arthur Alsberg (screenplay), Don Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... J.W. Osborne
Darren McGavin ... Duke
Don Knotts ... Bert
Herschel Bernardi ... Sgt. Turner
Barbara Feldon ... Carolyn
Kim Richards ... Tracy
Brad Savage ... Jay
John Williams ... Jameson
Charles Martin Smith ... Longnecker (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Vic Tayback ... Big Joe
Bob Hastings ... Peter
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Freddie
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Capt. Boland
Barney Phillips ... Sgt. Benson
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Miss Murdock


After finding out that their mother is going to be working through another school holiday, two children are shipped to spend the holiday with their Grandfather. On their way to their Grandfather, the children decide to fly to see their mother in Hong Kong instead but they need money for tickets. They accidentally run into two criminals at the airport and end up in a taxi with them. At the criminal's hideout, the children decide to send a ransom note to their Grandfather to fund their flight to Hong Kong and help the criminals pay a debt. Shenanigans ensue and like O. Henry's novel, of "The Ransom of Red Chief" the ransom decreases as time passes. Written by Shanna M.

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A pair of jokers make double trouble in a hullaba-lulu of a caper See more »


Comedy | Family


G | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


First of two movies pairing Don Knotts & Darren McGavin. The two later co-starred in another Disney production, Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978). Both, Don Knotts & Darren McGavin died within a few hours of each other on Saturday, February 25th, 2006. See more »


When they are trying to open the safe, Bert wraps the tape around his fingers once in his face shot then again in Duke's face shot. See more »


DukeJay: [in a cab] Take off, driver.
[look at each other]
Duke: This cab is taken!
Tracy: Yes it is, we're taking it.
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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Pollution Solution (1991) See more »

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Great fun, Great comedy, Great story, in one Great movie
25 July 2007 | by jre-5See all my reviews

I have been watching this for longer than any other movie, over 25 years now, ever since I was a little kid. I have probably seen it hundreds of times, and yet to this day it still remains one of my favorites. It's very fun and clean comedy, more movies should be like this. Some of it is a bit crazy, like the long car chase, but it's also truly hilarious and great comedy that to me doesn't grow old. I also really like the story which is rather unique. It's great in the way that two would be criminals actually become very good people. I find it quite touching how they get to having a good time with the kids, and what they do near the end to help them. And it's got a very happy and satisfying ending. It's great fun, great comedy, and after all these years it's still one of my favorites.

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Release Date:

5 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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No Deposit, No Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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