Held for Ransom (1938)

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The kidnappers of Herbert Scott have been paid the demanded ransom but have not returned Scott. The police chief suspects Larry Scott, the spendthrift nephew, but an opposing view is held ... See full summary »


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10 February 2006 | Spuzzlightyear
| Who's On First?
Confusingly plotted and edited, 'Held For Ransom' rather amusingly plows through piles and piles of backstory (mainly through screaming headlines) about a top exec's kidnapping. Soon, the cops and G-men are all on the case. Problem is, you have to really pay attention to who is what, who's the bad guy and who's the good guy. As a matter of fact, when an informant is gotten rid of at the beginning of the movie, you don't know whether he's a good guy or bad guy, and whether the people rubbing him out are too. Soon, a female G.I. is dispatched on the case and she proceeds to help figure out the case of where the exec is, the ransom money that has disappeared, while carefully avoiding the lusty stares of some police flackey.. By the end, you sort of know what's going on, and it all ends rather movie serialishly. Key notes here, it's nice to have a female heroine for a movie like this.. Also, check out the classic crane scoop game in the hotel scene! Classic!

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