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Captain Kidd (1945)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  1946 (Austria)
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The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery.

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Orange Povey
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In this unhistorical account, Capt. William Kidd is already a clever, ruthless pirate when, in 1699, he tricks the king into commissioning him as escort for a treasure ship from India. He enlists a crew of pardoned cutthroats...and Orange Povey, whom Kidd once abandoned on a reef and hoped never to see again. Of course, Kidd's intentions are treacherous. But there's more to gunner Adam Mercy than meets the eye. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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1946 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Le capitaine Kidd  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The film is loosely based on the real-life captain Kidd.Born in Scotland in 1645, he began his career as a privateer.By 1690, he became a wealthy shipowner in New York. In 1696, during a trip to East Africa, Captain Kidd turned to piracy.He captured or looted many ships. Trusting that his privateer commission would protect him he returned to Long Island in 1699. He was ordered to England where he was arrested and tried for piracy and murder.He was executed in 1701. Stories about Kidd's buried treasure were legendary but the only booty ever found was on Gardiners Island,near Long Island. See more »

Goofs

When Lady Anne drops her bag before leaving the treasure ship, it is returned to her right hand. In the next longer shot, the bag is now in her left hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. William Kidd: Stab me, there's a pretty sight!
Orange Povey: It'll be prettier still when the fire reaches the magazine, Captain.
Cyprian Boyle: Pity though. Lots of stout seamen among 'em. They've been with us a long time.
Capt. William Kidd: We can none of live forever, Mr. Boyle. Dead men don't talk.
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Spoofed in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Lyrics by James Thomson
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Heard when toasting the merchant ship and when the ships meet on the sea
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Salt-water comedy
6 December 2005 | by (The Man-Cave) – See all my reviews

Ahoy, mateys! 1945's Captain Kidd is a small gem of a swashbuckler with Charles Laughton, all menacing pudginess, spastic hair, and bad table manners, as the roguish pirate masquerading as a legitimate British sea captain. He and his dwindling posse of baddies (Guess who's causing them to dwindle!) are aiming to hijack a British freighter out of In-Jah, scoop up some loot already buried, have their way with a proper English lady, and whack Randolph Scott, the only man who can reveal their perfidy.

It's all so much yo-ho-ho and the actors seem to be having one heck of a good time. The only problem with the film is that, for 1945, the production values are so poor and the film is so murky that the whole thing looks like it's ten years older.

Find a copy of it in the dollar DVD dumpster at Wal-Mart and have a great time with Laughton chewing (with his mouth open) the scenery and Randolph Scott looking handsome in a series of sailor suits.


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