MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,633 this week

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 1,634 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 15 critic

Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 386 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr.
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a rubbish collector and inventor. When radiation in a nearby cave turns his girlfriend into a giantess, antics ensure ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Miller
Stars: Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Calvin Jones is a cowboy who wants to invest in a Broadway play. Ruth Weston, a secretary, learns that her boss, Joe Lehman, is attempting to swindle Jones and pulls a successful coup d'etat producing a play that she stars in.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Lew Cody
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This World War II story is told from the German point of view spotlighting the commander of a Nazi raider, disguised as a merchant ship and a British admiral.

Director: Duilio Coletti
Stars: Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Mylène Demongeot
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Alexander Botts is a self-described natural born salesman and master mechanic, who is trying to make a big sale of Earthworm tractors to grouchy lumberman Johnson. Since Botts doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Guy Kibbee
Yellow Jack (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the fever-stricken areas of Cuba a brave band of scientists, doctors and U. S. Marines fight a losing battle against the deadly plague of 'Yello Jack,' until the great heroic risk taken by an Irish sergeant brings victory.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Lewis Stone
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: John Barrymore, Peter Holden, Virginia Weidler
Knockout (1941)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: William Clemens
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Olympe Bradna, Virginia Field
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A loud-mouthed Texas cowpuncher tries his hand at polo finding himself at odds with high society and trying to save a floundering Wild West show.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Florence Rice, John Hubbard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An intended film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that ened up with Hugh O'Brian (a performer who was often funny, but not on purpose) and Buddy Hackett in the A&C roles, with most of the ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Spike Jones, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Hugh O'Brian
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy
Stars: May Robson, Harry Davenport, Margot Stevenson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A naive girl has $1,000 and is told to have two broke bookies bet it for her. They lose the money and she gets a job as a waitress. They come into the cafe and convince her to buy an Irish Sweepstake ticket.

Director: William C. McGann
Stars: Marie Wilson, Johnnie Davis, Allen Jenkins
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Rocky Stonebridge
...
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill
...
Hillary Brooke ...
Capt. Bonney
Bill Shirley ...
Bruce Martingale
...
Morgan
Fran Warren ...
Edit

Storyline

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 dukr1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ahoy! Ahowl! (Newspaper ad). See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott y Costello contra el Capitán Kidd  »

Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the opening scene of It Started with Eve (1941), an assistant newspaper editor comments that if Jonathan Reynolds Sr. had lived two centuries earlier, he would have made a great pirate - "Captain Kidd himself." Three years later, Charles Laughton, who played Jonathan Reynolds Sr., played the title role in Captain Kidd (1945) and again in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952). See more »

Quotes

Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill: [In hole holding skull] Alas, poor Yorick, I knew well, a fellow of infinite...
Capt. William Kidd: That's the wrong play. Now, dig.
See more »

Connections

References Who Done It? (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Away Ay Aye Ay
by Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Performed by Leif Erickson, Bill Shirley and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Slapstick Spirit
28 October 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Charles Laughton did a badly edited biographical film of Captain Kidd in 1945 although his performance as the cockney captain with aspirations to class is memorable. We don't often get a second crack at roles when they don't become mega-hits, but Laughton got it and made the most of it.

Laughton got one here although he had to take on Abbott and Costello as co-stars. But I will say that the distinguished Mr. Laughton more than held his own with those two burlesque comics. Especially when you consider that his co-stars names were in the title of the film.

Of course it was fans of A&C who went to see the film, but you get your audiences from where they come. Check Laughton's deadpan face when he's doing the old handcuff gag where Costello thinks he's got Captain Kidd cuffed behind his back and helpless. They did the same routine on their television show with Gordon Jones as Mike the Cop and the results are just as hilarious.

Speaking of the television show, Hillary Brooke from the cast of their show is also on hand as Laughton's rival, Captain Bonnie. Fran Warren and Bill Shirley have a great pair of voices, too bad the songs that they got to sing in the film aren't worthy of them.

Abbott and Costello were on a downward slide of their careers, but this film does hearken back to their early days at Universal when they were grinding out a whole bunch of comedy gems.

But the thing that has always gotten me about this film is the way Charles Laughton just dove right in to the slapstick spirit of this movie. Costello was known for not getting along with several of his co-stars, many of them had less than kind things to say. But according to observers, Laughton got along just fine with the boys.

You can tell by the side splitting results.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?