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The Ransom of Red Chief
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24min
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1975
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This comedy adaptation of a short story by O. Henry concerns Sam Howard (Jack Elam) and Bill Driscoll (Strother Martin), a pair of wandering ne'er-do-wells in the Old West. The pair hatch a get-rich-quick scheme in which they'll kidnap a nine-year-old boy from a wealthy family and demand a ransom for his release. However, the boy proves to be such a handful that the kidnappers quickly conclude they picked the wrong target as they struggle to keep up with them. The Ransom of Red Chief has also been adapted for the screen twice since this version appeared; the most recent production, released in 1998, featured soon-to-be child star Haley Joel Osment as the mischievous victim. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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