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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:
Good Action & Intrigue 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:
Factual errors: When firing ships' cannons, gun crews would use a slow match, not a flaming brand.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 24 people found the following review useful.
Good Action & Intrigue, 9 January 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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