Kidnapped (1917)

Genres - Adventure  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This first major adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped adhered fairly faithfully to the original novel. Raymond McKee was starred as David Balfour, the young 18th-century Scotsman who is cheated out of his inheritance by his scheming uncle Ebeneezer (Joseph Burke). At uncle's behest, David is shanghaied and shipped off to sea, but he escapes with the help of Jacobite patriot Alan Breck (Robert Cain. After devoting a respectable amount of time to Breck's efforts to restore Scottish sovereignty David is able to return to his ancestral home and to put an end to his uncle's villainies. Star McKee later matured into an able comedian, appearing as a Charley Chase type in a series of domestic farces produced by Mack Sennett in the 1920s. Future adaptations of Kidnapped would feature the likes of Freddie Bartholomew, Roddy McDowall, James McArthur and Lawrence Douglas as David, and Warner Baxter, Dan O'Herlihy, Peter Finch and Michael Caine as the fascinating Alan Breck.