Scotsman Jim MacKenzie (Duncan Macrae) lives in a primitive homestead in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia where he is raising his two grandsons, Harry (Jon Whiteley) and Davy (Vincent Winter who steals every scene he is in), following the death of their father in the Boer War.
As a result of his son’s death, Jim hates the Dutch, which leads to Harry brawling at school with the son of a Dutchman.
Harry falls down a cliff and is helped home by the local doctor, Willem Bloem (Theodore Bikel), a Dutchman who is in love with MacKenzie’s daughter, Kirsty (Adrienne Corri) with whom he is having a clandestine romance.
Forbidden by their grandfather to have a dog, Harry and Davy “kidnap” an unattended baby and care for the child in a deserted shack as their ‘pet’.
Filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location in the Scottish Highlands, this beautiful black & white film is a masterpiece of British cinema. It was released in the USA as The Little Kidnappers.
Director Philip Leacock was also responsible for the tremendous Reach for Glory (1962).
Jim MacKenzie (Granddaddy)
Dr Willem Bloem
Jan Hooft Sr.
Francis De Wolff
Jan Hooft Jr.