Kidnapping the Kid (1914)

Two impoverished musicians kidnap Willie, the spoiled son of a millionaire, but he proves too hard to handle and they let him go.


John A. Murphy (as J.A. Murphy)


E.W. Sargent (as Epes W. Sargent)


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Cast overview:
Harry Lorraine ... Hans
Billy Bowers Billy Bowers ... Jake
Oliver Hardy ... Willie Gold (as Babe Hardy)


Hans and Jake, two curbstone musicians, render a selection outside the back fence and are treated to a bucket of water. They drop their instruments in disgust and wander down the street. Hans finds a copy of a paper telling how kidnappers held a child for ransom and suggests that they kidnap Willie Gold, son of the town's richest man, and make a million dollars. They get a wheelbarrow and coax Willie out for a ride. He is rather a spoiled child and it is not easy to handle him, but they manage after a fashion and all goes well until Willie spies a friend going back to town in an auto. With a very brief good-bye to his new friends he rides home to his nurse who all this time has been spooning with her pet policeman. She finds him playing just as she left him. It is not the same with Hans and Jake, however, but different in the extreme. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

7 November 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released as a split reel along with the comedy The Honor of the Force (1914). See more »

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