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Robert Louis Stevenson meets Robert Stevenson
on 16 July 2010
Disney regular Robert Stevenson directed and wrote this version of Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped' in 1960. It is full of old Scottish character actors, including John Laurie (doing a cross between his old crofter in Hitchcock's '39 Steps' and Private Fraser in 'Dad's Army'), Finlay Currie, Duncan Macrae (who does an excellent job of a really horrible highlander) and Andrew Cruickshank, fresh from Dr. Finlay's Casebook.
Another Disney regular James MacArthur plays David with an appropriate dour sincerity. I was going to complain about his Scottish accent, but it really is no worse than any of the English actors who include Peter Finch in the lead role, Bernard Lee (just prior to playing 'M'), and Peter O'Toole (almost unrecognisable in his debut performance as a bearded and tartaned MacGregor).
The production is nicely filmed in Technicolor with some real Scottish scenery, but some of the studio sets and the abysmal ship models in the Pinewood tank let the production down and make you think this was quite a low budget affair.
Recommended for its integrity and good honest storytelling.