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The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 17 September 1953 (USA)
The British Admirality assigns two officers, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan, to gather evidence to convict Captain Kidd of piracy in the English courts. They sail for New York to learn the ... See full summary »


Derwin Abrahams (as Derwin Abbe), Charles S. Gould


Arthur Hoerl (story), George H. Plympton (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Richard Crane ... Richard Dale
David Bruce ... Alan Duncan
John Crawford ... Capt. Kidd [Chs. 1-13]
George Wallace ... Buller
Lee Roberts ... Devry
Paul Newlan ... Long Ben Avery [Chs. 10-13]
Nick Stuart ... Dr. Brandt [Chs. 4-7,9]
Terry Frost ... William Moore [Chs. 1, 4-9]
John Hart ... Jenkins [Chs.4-6, 8-10]
Marshall Reed ... Capt. Robert Culliford [Chs.2, 9-10]
Eduardo Cansino Jr. Eduardo Cansino Jr. ... Native
Willetta Smith Willetta Smith ... Princess [Chs. 2-3]


The British Admirality assigns two officers, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan, to gather evidence to convict Captain Kidd of piracy in the English courts. They sail for New York to learn the whereabouts of Kidd, and posing as ordinary seamen, they join his crew. They learn that Kidd, the legendary swashbuckler of the seven seas, is not a a villain who scourges and plunders at will, but a man whose loyalty to England knows no bounds, a maritime adventurer who attacks only enemy French vessels and those of the pirates that sail against the British Empire. But can they keep him from being betrayed by his enemies and hanged? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

17 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras do Capitão Kidd See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Charles King. See more »

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A minor serial from the twilight of the genre
16 December 2003 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Though it came at a time when interest in serials had nearly reached the point of extinction, the production values of "Captain Kidd" look a bit better than one might expect. They're "modest" rather than "cheap."

The main faults of this serial lie in areas other than the budget. Its script, for example, lacks a compelling storyline and tends to drift from incident to incident without a clear, overriding purpose. Since Captain Kidd turns out to be a "good guy," the script also fails to provide us with a suitably-hissable villain, and the cliff-hangers at the conclusions of its chapters lack imagination and style.

What's more, Richard Crane makes a woefully inadequate hero. He's not particularly attractive, looks a bit overweight, and has virtually no charm or charisma.

Fans of the multi-chapter serial may find this of mild interest but those first-timers wishing to sample the genre are advised to skip it in favor of, say, "Spy Smasher."

For the record, here are the titles of the 15 chapters: (1)Pirate vs. Man-of-War (2)The Fatal Shot (3)Attacked by Captain Kidd (4)Captured by Captain Kidd (5)Mutiny on the Adventure (6)Murder on the Main Deck (7)Prisoners of War (8)Mutiny Unmasked (9)Pirate against Pirate (10)Shot from the Parapet (11)The Flaming Fortress (12)Before the Firing Squad (13)In the Hands of the Mohawks (14)Pirate Gold (15)Captain Kidd's Last Chance.

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