Kidnapped (1917 film)

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Directed by Alan Crosland
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Charles Sumner Williams (scenario)
Starring Raymond McKee, Joseph Burke and Ray Hallor
Release date
  • May 7, 1917 (1917-05-07)
Country United States
Language Silent

Kidnapped is a 1917 silent film directed by Alan Crosland for Edison Studios. It was based on the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. The film only included selected parts of the story, and reinforced the then-developing romanticisation of the Scottish Highlands.[1] [2]

Previously thought lost, a copy of the film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[3]

On November 6, 2017, silent film blogger Fritzi Kramer, film editor Christopher Bird, and film accompanist/composer Ben Model launched a crowdfunded effort to put the film on DVD[4] using the 16mm copy that the Library of Congress has.


  • Raymond McKee - David Balfour
  • Joseph Burke - Ebenezer Balfour
  • Ray Hallor - Ransome
  • William Wadsworth - Angus Ban Keillor
  • Robert Cain - Alan Breck
  • Walter Craven - Riach
  • John Nicholson - Shuan
  • Franklyn Hanna - Captain Hoseason (*Franklin Farnum)
  • Samuel N. Niblack - Cluny McPherson (*as Samuel Niblack)
  • Horace Haine - Colin Campbell (*as Horace Hane)
  • James Levering - Minister


  1. ^ Brown, Ian (2007). The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918). Edinburgh University Press. p. 54. ISBN 9780748624829.
  2. ^ MacDonald, Fiona (2007). Kidnapped. Salariya Publishers. p. 46. ISBN 9781904642046.
  3. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Film Survival Catalog:Kidnapped
  4. ^ "Release KIDNAPPED (1917) + four short film on DVD". Kickstarter. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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