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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 27 December 1952 (USA)
Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale (original screenplay), John Grant (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Rocky Stonebridge
Lou Costello ... Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill
Charles Laughton ... Captain William Kidd
Hillary Brooke ... Capt. Bonney
Bill Shirley ... Bruce Martingale
Leif Erickson ... Morgan
Fran Warren ... Lady Jane
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Storyline

Two hapless waiters in a tavern on the Spanish Main play cupids between aristocratic Lady Jane and tavern co-worker Bruce Martindale, but the two bumpkins mix-up a love letter with Captain Kidd's treasure map of Skull Island. Kidd's treasure is claimed by Captain Anne Bonney, and she accompanies the notorious pirate to the island with the boys and Bruce, who have been shanghaied and the captured Lady Jane. Written by dukr1029@aol.com

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They're Raising Cain on the Bounding Main! (original three-sheet poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott y Costello contra el Capitán Kidd See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Laughton was well known for sea-going roles: a skipper, Captain Grossman in Down River (1931); Naval commander Charles Sturm in Devil and the Deep (1932); Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935); Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas in Stand by for Action (1942); and leads in an unhistorical Captain Kidd (1945) seven years before the Captain William Kidd of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill: [In hole holding skull] Alas, poor Yorick, I knew well, a fellow of infinite...
Capt. William Kidd: That's the wrong play. Now, dig.
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Connections

References Who Done It? (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Meet Captain Kidd
(uncredited)
by Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Performed by Charles Laughton and chorus
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A&C are quality as ever but the poor musical numbers really slow it down
7 April 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Rocky and Oliver `Puddin' are happy go-luck folk in a port town. When they try to deliver a love letter from Lady Jane to sailor Bruce they get trapped on the ship of Captain Kidd. Kidd's treasure map gets mixed with Bruce's love letter and Oliver finds himself in a whole heap of hot water.

The story doesn't really matter – every A&C film has a silly setup for them to do their stuff, what does matter is the comedy. Here fans (of whom I'm one) will be happy that A&C are their usual selves despite looking older and fuller around the waist. Their routines are good and Captain Kidd gets involved well.

The problem with the film is that it moves away from the values of their older films. The Technicolour is pretty horrible and actually takes away from the film – making it feel like a gaudy matinee C-movie instead of a comedy classic. What is worse is the tonne of poor musical numbers – they really slow down the comedy, in fact they seem to take up most of the film. The romance element is also dull. However fans will be happy with both A&C's performances and Charles Laughton, who could easily have looked done hi nose at this, joins in really well and hams it up.

Overall this is not one of their best, but Abbot and Costello fans will enjoy their antics, but feel free to fast forward all the songs.


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