Kidnapped

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David Balfour (Freddie Bartholomew), a young man in Scotland, is on his way to Edinburgh to live with Ebenezer (Miles Mander), his sinister uncle. Along the way, David becomes unwillingly attached to rebel Alan Breck (Warner Baxter) and his accomplices, including James (Ralph Forbes), whom David witnesses murdering a tax collector. Now on the run, the small group of renegades must work together in order to evade British lawmen and make their way to a new home, wherever that may be.

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Critic Reviews for Kidnapped

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  • Kidnapped is fair historical melodrama, but the original Stevenson parts that survive seem to show that Robert Louis Stevenson could write better for the screen than four Hollywood writers put together.

    October 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The highlight is its character actor hall of fame: John Carradine, C. Aubrey Smith, E.E. Clive, Reginald Owen and Nigel Bruce, who manages not to mangle even such mouthfuls as: 'If it's helping Scotland, no daughter of mine would do aught but say 'Aye.''

    July 30, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kidnapped

  • Aug 20, 2012
    I saw this on TCM. I've never read the book, so I wasn't familiar with the story. This is the second movie adaptation, and the first with sound. I was expecting something similar to Treasure Island. Because of the time period and a bit of seafaring adventure it did share some things in common with Stevenson's more famous novel. Freddie Bartholomew is very good as the young lead. Old Hollywood was always adding romantic subplots whether one was present in the original story or not. Like I said, I didn't know how much of this film adaptation matched the book source. Jean MacDonald and Warner Baxter have good chemistry as a couple though. I thought it worked, especially when the three main characters pass themselves off as a family. There were a couple instances where I questioned if distances traveled and time passing made logical sense. However the story is constructed fairly well and the characters are all well developed. From what I understand, this film contains a talented collection of many of the British character actors of the day.
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