This is a good adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, although it might have been better. James MacArthur is well cast as the young David Balfour who, upon the death of his father, makes a journey to the house of his uncle Ebenezer ( played in his own inimitable way by John Laurie ). While there, he finds evidence that his uncle has swindled his father out of his estate and that he, David Balfour, is now the rightful inheritor. His uncle contrives to have him kidnapped and sent into slavery, but a chance meeting with adventurer Alan Breck Stewart ( played by Peter Finch ) brings about his release and a chance to secure his inheritance.
Peter Finch makes a good Alan Breck and he plays the part very well, but I would have liked to see someone a little more dashing like Richard Todd who had already starred in Disney's 'The Story of Robin Hood', 'The Sword And The Rose' and 'Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue' in the early '50s. I guess he had moved on from this sort of role by the time 'Kidnapped' was made.