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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:
Fun but absurd See more (26 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)
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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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24 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Fun but absurd, 16 May 2003
Author: Max Sparber from Minneapolis, MN

A classic example of a pirate melodrama, this production purports to be based on the life of the historic Captain Kidd (played with campy, eye-waggling mannerisms by Laughton). There are few pirate cliches that don't find their way into Norman Reilly Raine's overwrought script - buried treasures, kidnapped maidens, English nobles masquerading as buccaneers. Much of it is unintentionally silly: It is, for example, impossible to take the hale, beefy, Virginia-twanged Randolph Scott as either an English nobleman or a pirate. Scott claims two friends aboard Kidd's pirate ship, both strangely effete, deferential characters: Another pirate, who acts as Scott's valet, and Kidd's own valet, who spends most of the movie surreptitiously assisting Scott in his scheming against the pirate captain. Kidd's companions, by comparison, are swaggering caricatures, and Kidd spends most of the movie scheming to dispatch them in one of the film's strangest images: Laughton, huddled over a small book, jotting down names or crossing them out, muttering to himself and cackling.

Much of this is good fun, and some of the cinematography is gorgeous - even by today's standards, the use of miniatures and trick camerawork creates a convincing illusion of ships at battle on roiling seas. But the story is so far from history that there seems to be no good reason to name Laughton after the real Captain Kidd, a bumbler whose short career as a pirate and humiliating death was little but a series of bizarre travesties. But the script is awkward and choppy, and many of the set pieces are strangely cramped and stagey, as though this were a theatrical production rather than a film. Ultimately, the true pleasure in watching the film comes from Laughton's peculiar performance, which is similarly theatrical, as though it were an oversized clown act from a London stage transferred to film. He plays Kidd without nuance, telegraphng the captain's bloated greed and amorality as though these were comical personal eccentricities. The closest the screen has since produced to Laughton's outre characterization is Harvey Fierstein's Pirate King character in 1997's Kull the Conqueror, which is pure camp.

Laughton was, in fact, gay, and though this fact is never made overt in Captain Kidd, there is some surprising subtext. Two scenes in particular strike contemporary eyes as having implicitly camp sensibilities - one in which Laughton sniffingly dismisses any interest in female companionship, and another scene in which Scott, a legitimate beefcake, shares a bath with his valet, both happily scrubbing each other while surrounded by hundreds of semi-clad pirates. Yo ho ho.

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