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Date with a Kidnapper (1976)

A woman living in a boarding house is kidnapped by a small-time criminal. Soon others in the gang try to take her away from him so they can get the ransom.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Canon Jack Canon ... Eddie Matlock
Leslie Rivers Leslie Rivers ... Sandra Morely (as Leslie Ann Rivers)
Gladys Lavitan Gladys Lavitan ... Mrs. Matlock
Larry Lambeth Larry Lambeth ... Hotel Clerk
Jim Blankinship Jim Blankinship ... Bellhop
Charles Elledge Charles Elledge ... Old Farmer
Susan McRae Susan McRae ... Daughter
Bob Martin Bob Martin ... Man with Shotgun
Clonnie Baxter Strawn Clonnie Baxter Strawn ... Old Man in Chair
Skip Lundby Skip Lundby ... Blindman
Elizabeth Allan Burger Elizabeth Allan Burger ... Birdwatcher - Lady Lush
Nancy Pselos Nancy Pselos ... Blonde Barfly
Rusty Smith Rusty Smith ... Redheaded Barfly
Buck Kraft Sr. Buck Kraft Sr. ... Bartender
Mrs. Buck Kraft Sr. Mrs. Buck Kraft Sr. ... Old Barfly
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A woman living in a boarding house is kidnapped by a small-time criminal. Soon others in the gang try to take her away from him so they can get the ransom. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

He only wanted the ransom - until he saw HER! [Kidnapped Coed version]

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapped Co-Ed See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Frederick Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frederick R. Friedel dedicated this film to his father Adolph, who was dying at the time when this movie was made. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening title says "Jack Cannon As The Kidnapped Co-ed." Jack Cannon plays the kidnapper. See more »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
Music by Johann Strauss
Performed by George Newman Shaw and John Willhelm
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Wha?
25 January 2004 | by eshurogerSee all my reviews

Despite some fairly decent acting and cinematography, this movie has plot holes you can drive a truck through. These guys at this hotel must just wait around for someone to check in with a woman for them to rape, as there is no other discernible motive for them coming to the room. Even after she tells them that she's the daughter of a rich man, they aren't interested in earning a reward by rescuing her, or kidnapping her themselves as far as the audience is told.

Then there's the amiable old farmer that puts the kidnapper and the girl up for the night. At first he seems to be the first truly decent person seen in this film, then, for no apparent reason, he's a psycho. First, he spies on the lovers at night and is holding a knife. You're waiting for: A. One of them to notice the old psycho pervert with a knife. B. The old psycho pervert to use the knife. C. The old psycho pervert to decide against doing anything and slink away. You don't get any of this, the scene just changes to morning, inexplicably. Then the old guy comes at the kidnapper with a pitchfork. Why? I sure can't tell. He continues to attack the kidnapper who draws a gun and gives the old guy every chance to stop attacking. When the kidnapper is finally forced to kill the old farmer, the girl goes all hysterical about him being a murderer and runs away! What was he supposed to do? Let the psycho farmer impale him on the pitchfork?

Also there's some question about what happens in the final scene. I can't really elaborate without giving away the so-called 'surprise ending', but the DVD calls the scene "Dance of Death", which leads you to wonder if any death actually took place, because, if it does, you don't see it.

I watched this hoping for a good, old-fashioned exploitation sleaze film, and it wasn't that, but it wasn't good either. Make of that what you will.


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