Ransom (1928 film)

Ransom is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by George B. Seitz and is considered to be lost.[1][2][3] This is one of the many films of this period that sought to cash in on the fame of the then-popular Sax Rohmer Fu Manchu novels. Surprisingly, Columbia resorted to aping the character instead of attempting to secure the rights legally from the author. The following year, Paramount released the first of a Fu Manchu trilogy of films that were very successful.[4]

Directed byGeorge B. Seitz
Produced byHarry Cohn
Written byElmer Blaney Harris
Dorothy Howell
George B. Seitz
StarringLois Wilson
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 30, 1928 (1928-06-30)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States


An Asian mastermind named Wu Fang, who controls the Chinese underground in San Francisco, learns of the recent invention of a poisonous gas which can be used as a biological weapon, invented by a Dr. Burton Meredith. Wu Fang kidnaps Bobby, the young brother of Dr. Meredith's fiancee Lois, and offers to trade the boy's life for the secret formula. Lois goes to Wu Fang's secret hideout to rescue her brother but winds up being captured herself. Just as Wu Fang prepares to torture her, Dr. Meredith bursts in with the police and saves both captives in the nick of time.



  1. "NY Times: Ransom". NY Times. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  2. "Silent Era: Ransom". Silent Era. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  3. Ransom at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files: Columbia Pictures
  4. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p.329. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

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