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Ransom! (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1956 (Sweden)
After the child of wealthy parents gets abducted, the police and a member of the press intervene to assist the parents in their search but end up complicating their impending decisions.

Director:

Alex Segal

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... David G. 'Dave' Stannard
Donna Reed ... Edith Stannard
Leslie Nielsen ... Charlie Telfer
Juano Hernandez ... Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse
Robert Keith ... Police Chief Jim Backett
Richard Gaines ... Langly
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Partridge
Alexander Scourby ... Dr. Paul Y. Gorman
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Al Stannard
Lori March ... Elizabeth Stannard
Robert Burton ... Sheriff Jake Kessing
Juanita Moore ... Shirley Lorraine
Mary Alan Hokanson Mary Alan Hokanson ... Nurse
Robert Stevenson ... Fred Benson (as Robert Forrest)
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Storyline

When his son Andy is kidnapped and held for ransom, David Stannard liquidates his assets to meet the half-million dollar demand. A casual remark by newspaper reporter Charlie Telfer makes him change his mind. Despite the pleas from his wife Edith and brother Al, and the resultant condemnation of the press and public, Stannard goes on a nation-wide television program, displays the money and warns the kidnapper that not one cent will be paid for ransom; instead the money will be used to track down the kidnapper if Andy isn't returned unharmed. The police then find the boy's blood-stained shirt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When That Phone Rings.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Fearful Decision See more »

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Budget:

$1,003,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The verse from the Bible Jesse says to Dave as he's holding him on the stairs is 2 Samuel 18:33. At the end of the film, Jesse recites Luke 15:24. See more »

Goofs

When Dave hugs his son out by the "fort" in the backyard, a shadow of the boom microphone can clearly be seen on the leaf-covered fence behind them, to the right. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Chapman aka Uncle Jesse: [closing line] "This my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost, and is found!"
[When David Stannard's son is discovered to be alive after all. From St Luke, Chapter 15, Verse 24]
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.18 (1956) See more »

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" No you are not a bad son, I should have been a better Father "
20 May 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

This story was based on a real life crime. First seen on Live T.V during 'The U.S. Steel Hour,' in 1954, as 'Fatefull Decision.' It was eventually re-staged in 1955 for the small screen, then further replicated in 1956 and lastly in 1996 by Ron Howard for the Big screen with Mel Gibson. Watching it for the first time, then comparing it with the newest version, I found, I enjoyed the older version better. Don't get me wrong, I am a great fan of Mel Gibson, but I believe Glenn Ford was better fitted for the role. The Movie was in Black and White and called simply " Ransom. " The early imagery, stark shadowy profiles and Fords immense skills as a bone-fide actor made for an intense situation and the heavy dramatic part of Donna Reed assured it would become a Classic. Indeed, with the added exceptional talents of Leslie Nielsen, Robert Keith, Bobby Clark and Alexander Scourby, this movie was crafted with real movie magic. Easily Recommended. ****


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