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Two hapless waiters in a tavern on the Spanish Main play cupids between aristocratic Lady Jane and tavern co-worker Bruce Martindale, but the two bumpkins mix-up a love letter with Captain Kidd's treasure map of Skull Island. Kidd's treasure is claimed by Captain Anne Bonney, and she accompanies the notorious pirate to the island with the boys and Bruce, who have been shanghaied and the captured Lady Jane. Written by
As Universal Pictures would not spend extra money to make a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello picture in color, the duo opted to do it themselves. Using a contractual agreement with Universal that permitted them to make one independent film per year, they made this film using Abbott's company, Woodley Productions. The Technicolor process was too expensive, so they opted for the less costly SuperCinecolor. See more »
Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of overproof rum.....you'll need it!
Shiver me timbers, is that Charlie Laughton I see prostituting his art? To be sure me hearties! 'Tis! Gotta be honest though, the great man WANTED to do this flick, desiring just once to have a fling with slapstick. It is said he thought Lou Costello was the ultimate King of Comedy and offered this role, he seized the opportunity to work with the pair. In all honesty, once you're over the shock of seeing this great actor thus besmirch himself, its almost gratifying to watch the gusto with which he enters into the spirit of his role as the nefarious Captain Kidd. Laughton would never have been one to listen to advice anyway, nor would he have cared what anyone thought subsequently!
Strangely, what sinks the movie (no pun intended) ahead of everything else is, and this HAS been observed by others I note, the garish and horrific technicolor print. Just why it is so bad is anyone's guess but it sucks BIG TIME. Factually Bud and Lou only ever made two color comedies and neither worked for them.
Add to this some nauseatingly bad musical numbers and you're not looking at their greatest work although some of the routines here are still quite funny to sit through. Pity the film isn't worth it!
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