Ransom! (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes


Ransom! (1956)





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In this taut, convoluted drama, the son of a small-town couple is kidnapped and ransomed for $500,000. At first the father is willing to pay, but he changes his mind and instead broadcasts a televised offer of a reward for the kidnappers' capture if any harm befalls his son.


Glenn Ford
as David G. Stannard
Donna Reed
as Edith Stannard
Leslie Nielsen
as Charlie Telfer
Juano Hernandez
as Jesse Chapman
Robert Keith
as Chief Jim Backett
Mabel Albertson
as Mrs. Partridge
Alexander Scourby
as Dr. Paul Y. Gorman
Bobby Clark
as Andy Stannard
Ainslie Pryor
as Al Stannard
Lori March
as Elizabeth Stannard
Robert Burton
as Sheriff Jake Kessing
Juanita Moore
as Shirley Lorraine
Robert Forrest
as Fred Benson
Dick Rich
as Sgt. Wenzel
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Solid drama with a good opportunity for Glenn to show his stuff in a controlled performance. Donna is strong in the beginning but then almost disappears from the film.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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I have never seen the Mel Gibson version, but I know the story and heard about the twist ending and how ridicules it is. I love the idea of a man who says screw the kidnappers and offer a reward for their heads. This film differs from the remake by the story being about why the father makes the decision and how society treats him for making it. Glenn Ford is great as the angry and in control father who calls the shots while his wife is drugged up. Two stand out performances are Leslie Nielson(his first film performance) as a hard nosed newspaper man who seems to be the only one on Ford's side and the butler Juano Hemandez. It has some great scenes but all is forgiven a little too easily at the end. If you like the remake then I recommend seeing this version to compare and just too see how twist are unnecessary.

cody franklin
cody franklin

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