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The Ransom Of Red Chief

27 minutes 48 seconds

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Boy with leather headband across forehead. Caption. Nobody crosses Red Chief and lives!

A 1920's atmosphere sets off this zany story of two inept kidnappers who think that snatching the son of a banker in a sleepy Alabama town will make them some fast and easy money. Sam and Bill soon find out that young Johnny ("Red Chief, terror of the plains") is a handful. They cut the kidnapping short and rush to pick up the money, but find the tables again had turned. Based on the short story by O. Henry.

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Runtime: 27 minutes 48 seconds

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Woman with head covered in ragged scarf looking at a table with small trinkets. Caption. Mailman as narrator. Boy, there's Della Young.
21 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 10

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    Kitty L. (Jackson, MS)
    August 23rd, 2017 at 08:53 AM

    Although this is a black and white movie, it is very close in content to the original story. I use this video whenever I teach this short story.