Captain Kidd (1945)

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The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery.



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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Britton ...
Lady Anne Dunstan
Orange Povey
Jose Lorenzo
Bart Blivens
Cyprian Boyle
Capt. Rawson
Cary Shadwell


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 <>

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Release Date:

1946 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Le capitaine Kidd  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Near the start of the movie as Capt Kidd is burying his treasure in the cave, he shoots one of his sailors. Kidd is holding the gun in his right hand pointed toward the victim. When he shoots there is a large volume of smoke. The shot shifts to a broad shot of the cave showing the dead sailor, other members of the crew and Kidd. In this shot, there is no smoke from the gun being fired and Kidd is holding the gun pointed to the ground by his side. See more »


[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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Rule Britannia
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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Good Action & Intrigue
9 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There's plenty of good action and intrigue in this fictionalized account of the infamous "Captain Kidd". Charles Laughton is in his element as the treacherous, clever pirate captain, and he is given good support from the rest of the cast and from the overall production.

The story starts with Kidd having just successfully completed one of his attacks, and using it as a springboard for a more ambitious and daring plan to make himself an English lord. Despite the rather far-fetched nature both of his scheme and of much of the plot as a whole, Laughton's rousing performance and the movie's other strengths carry everything off nicely.

The story setup is nicely conceived, pitting Kidd and his deceitful scheming against some fully worthy adversaries with plots and secrets of their own, with John Carradine enjoyably spiteful as Kidd's long-time untrustworthy partner, and Randolph Scott as a mysterious convict who gets recruited to be Kidd's master gunner. The three of them join in an entertaining battle of nerves and wits, with most of the other characters serving as useful pawns in their game. Reginald Owen also pitches in as something of a wild card character whose loyalties are, for a time, uncertain.

The action sequences are good, and they are also interspersed at well-chosen intervals in the main plot. It has plenty of interesting detail that sets off the action nicely. This is the kind of action-packed movie that, as long as you don't pause to analyze it too closely, provides very good entertainment with a lot of interesting story developments.

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