is a 1960 Walt Disney Productions
film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson
's classic novel, Kidnapped
. It stars Peter Finch
and James MacArthur
, and was Disney's second production based on a novel by Stevenson.
In eighteenth century Scotland, young David Balfour (James MacArthur
) is directed by his recently-deceased father's letter to go to the House of Shaws, where he is greeted without much enthusiasm by his miserly uncle Ebenezer (John Laurie
). An attempt to arrange a fatal accident makes it clear that Ebenezer has no affection for his nephew. However, David is not sufficiently on his guard. He accompanies Ebenezer to a meeting with a seafaring business associate, Captain Hoseason (Bernard Lee
). The captain lures David aboard his ship and shanghais
him, at Ebenezer's instigation.
At sea, David learns that he is to be sold into indentured servitude
. However, a thick fog comes up and the ship collides with a boat. Alan Breck Stewart (Peter Finch
), the only survivor of the latter, is brought aboard and pays for his passage, but the greedy captain plots to kill him for the rest of his money. David warns Alan, and the two are able to overcome the murderous crew. Alan coerces Hoseason into putting them ashore. The ship founders, but David manages to reach land alone.
After several dangerous encounters, he is rescued by Alan, who turns out to be a Jacobite
wanted by the authorities. Evading the soldiers, the two make their way back to the House of Shaws, where... Read More