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Director:
Writers:
Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay)
Robert N. Lee (original story)
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Release Date:
1946 (Austria) See more »
Tagline:
Adventure on the high seas! See more »
Plot:
The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Trying To Rise In Class See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Capt. William Kidd

Randolph Scott ... Adam Mercy / Adam Blayne
Barbara Britton ... Lady Anne Dunstan

John Carradine ... Orange Povey

Gilbert Roland ... Jose Lorenzo

John Qualen ... Bart Blivens

Sheldon Leonard ... Cyprian Boyle
William Farnum ... Capt. Rawson

Henry Daniell ... King William III

Reginald Owen ... Cary Shadwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abner Biberman ... Theodore Blades (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Newgate Prison Warder (uncredited)
James Dime ... Pirate (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Fallsworth (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Peter Sharfstone (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Pirate (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Ship's Sailor Waiter (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Nobleman with King William III (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Captain of the King's Guard (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Pirate (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Michael O'Shawn (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Nobleman with King William III (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Newgate Prison Governor Landers (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowland V. Lee 
 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay)

Robert N. Lee (original story)

Produced by
Benedict Bogeaus .... producer
James Nasser .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Werner Janssen 
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Odds 
 
Set Decoration by
Maurice Yates 
 
Costume Design by
Greta 
 
Makeup Department
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (as Albert Greenway)
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Depew .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound technician
Joseph I. Kane .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Edward Nelson .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Jack Noyes .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... matte painter (uncredited)
Howard A. Anderson .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Tom Lawless .... miniatures builder (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Smith .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Werner Janssen .... conductor
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carley Harriman .... assistant to producer
Arthur M. Landau .... production associate
 
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (PCA #10830)

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Trivia:
Four years before this movie was made, Charles Laughton co-starred in It Started with Eve (1941), In that film, Laughton's character, Jonathan Reynolds Sr., is said to have been born two centuries too late. The assistant newspaper editor comments that he could have been "Captain Kidd himself".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Sailors (who were unlikely to wear shoes on ships anyway) would never wear shoes into a powder magazine. The chances of a spark from boot/ shoe nails amidst all that powder was too great.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Lords of Salem (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rule BritanniaSee more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Trying To Rise In Class, 29 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Anyone who's thinking that they will get the story of Captain William Kidd is in for one disappointing viewing. This is not the story of the real William Kidd who in fact some say, may not even have been a pirate, merely a British privateer. There's some controversy raging to this day about whether he left some buried treasure in and around the New York City area. In fact colonial New York is where the captain's base of operations was, though New York gets the barest mention in the beginning of the film.

This version of Kidd has him as a cockney with a burning ambition to rise in class. Actually Kidd was born in Scotland in either Aberdeen or Dundee depending on what source you use. He's a clever rogue, after sinking a king's ship and then accusing that noble captain of piracy.

Giving that story to King William III of Orange, Kidd gets a ship and he picks a crew of cutthroats and sets sail to do more plunder.

Captain Kidd suffers from two faults mainly. It's badly edited, the film clearly begins at a point where some previous action took place explaining some of what we see. Probably something of New York where Kidd began his career. A whole lot of things are left up in the air because of this. Secondly, Randolph Scott is horribly miscast in a part that Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power or Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. should have played. My guess is that none of these gentlemen could be secured for a loan out from their studios. Even Cornel Wilde or Louis Hayward would have been better.

But what enjoyment you get in the film comes from Charles Laughton's florid performance as Captain Kidd. Basically what he's done is taken his Horace Prin character from White Woman and set him to sea. Laughton's overacting is nicely counterbalanced by Reginald Owen as a valet he's hired and takes to sea to teach him the fine art of being a gentleman. Laughton overacts outrageously, but I'm sure he realized that without it, the film would have been dull as dishwater.

Gilbert Roland, John Carradine, and Sheldon Leonard are all part of Laughton's gang of thieves. Barbara Britton looks properly demure as a heroine caught up among them. And Henry Daniell, the man with the built in sneer in his voice, for once plays a good guy as King William.

Charles Laughton fans will love Captain Kidd. And Laughton was even more outrageous when he reprised Captain Kidd when he met up with Abbott and Costello. But that's a whole other movie.

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