Kidnapped (1948 Film)
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Kidnapped 1948 Film
Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Lindsley Parsons
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Screenplay by Scott Darling
Starring Roddy McDowall
Sue England
Dan O'Herlihy
Music by Edward J. Kay
Dave Torbett
Cinematography William A. Sickner
Edited by Ace Herman
Lindsley Parsons Picture Corporation
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • November 28, 1948 (1948-11-28)
Running time
81 min.
Country United States
Language English

Kidnapped is a 1948 drama directed by William Beaudine, starring Roddy McDowall, Sue England and Dan O'Herlihy. The former child star McDowall plays David Balfour in the story about a young man cheated out of his birthright by his wicked, covetous uncle Ebenezer (Houseley Stevenson).

Plot summary

Scotland, 1751: At a stately manor near Edinburgh, the young David Balfour arrives with a sealed letter from his recently deceased father for Ebenezer, his uncle. It is meant to be delivered to a family lawyer to introduce David as the rightful heir to the property.

After slyly trying to kill his previously unknown nephew but failing, Ebenezer conspires with a sea captain, Hoseason, to take the boy hostage and sell him into slavery. A prisoner aboard ship, David soon meets Alan Breck, who, in need of rescue, now finds himself in danger of Hoseason stealing his gold and perhaps murdering him as well. David's quick intervention saves his life.

Washed up ashore after a storm, David is hidden by an innkeeper's daughter, Aileen, then begins a long and arduous journey home. With the help of Alan, he is able to coerce a confession about the kidnapping from his uncle that is overheard by the lawyer, who now knows David to be the proper heir. Hoseason, feeling betrayed, tries to kill Ebenezer in a sword fight, resulting in the deaths of both.


Actor Role
Roddy McDowall David Balfour
Sue England Aileen Fairlie
Dan O'Herlihy Alan Breck
Roland Winters Capt. Hoseason
Jeff Corey Shuan
Houseley Stevenson Ebenezer
Erskine Sanford Rankeillor
Alex Frazer Hugh Fairlie
Winifriede McDowall Innkeeper's Wife
Robert J. Anderson Ransome
Janet Murdoch Janet Clouston
Olaf Hytten The Red Fox
Erville Alderson Mungo
Mary Gordon Scotswoman
Hugh O'Brian Sailor
Eric Wilton Rankeillor's Secretary
Jimmie Dodd Scottish Sailor


External links

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