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Ransom
Director: George B. Seitz (Dir)
Release Date:   30 Jun 1928
Duration (in feet):   5,484
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Lois Wilson (Lois Brewster)  
    Edmund Burns (Burton Meredith)  
    William V. Mong (Wu Fang)  
    Blue Washington (Oliver)  
    James B. Leong (Scarface)  
    Jackie Coombs (Bobby)  

Summary: Burton Meredith, a chemist working for the government, discovers the formula for a deadly gas, and Wu Fang, the leader of the Chinese underworld, sets out to rob him of the discovery. He kidnaps Bobby Brewster, the son of Burton's fiancĂ©e, Lois, and promises to return the boy unharmed if Lois can obtain the poison gas for him. Lois goes to Burton's laboratory and begs him for the formula; he refuses, and, in a frenzy, she steals a vial of gas and, before Burton can stop her, takes it to Wu Fang. The bottle does not contain the nerve gas, however, and Wu Fang prepares to torture her. Burton discovers the location of the Chinese hideout and rescues Bobby and Lois from death. The police arrive and arrest the gang, and Lois and Burton decide to get hitched. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: George B. Seitz (Dir)
  Joe Nadel (Asst dir)
Producer: Harry Cohn (Prod)
Writer: Elmer Harris (Adpt)
  George B. Seitz (Story)
  Dorothy Howell (Cont)
  Mort Blumenstock (Titles)
Photography: Joseph Walker (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Joseph Wright (Art dir)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 21/7/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25516

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Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Chemists
  Chinese Americans
  Gangs
  Gases, Asphyxiating and poisonous
  Kidnapping
  Torture
  Widows

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Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   26 Aug 1928.   
Variety   15 Aug 28   p. 17.

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