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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
Charles Laughton had wanted to do a knockabout physical comedy for some time, but could never find anything appropriate. He had long been an admirer of Lou Costello's abilities as a slapstick comedian, and--as he remarked some time later--he decided "If you want to learn something, learn it from the best" so he let Costello and Bud Abbott know that he was interested in doing something with them. This picture is the result. See more »
Below Average Abbott & Costello Recycle the Three Stooges
Of Interest Only to Die-Hard A & C Fans, this is a Bawdy, Bad Rendering of the Duos Comedic Talents with Lame Slapstick and Their Worst Verbal Puns. Charles Laughton and Hillary Brooke Add a Bit of Interest but the Movie Just Seems Like Old Recycled Stuff and the Result is a Good Try but Ultimately Unfunny and Repetitive.
Managing to String a Bunch of Forgettable Songs with a Slew of Forgettable Comedy Skits, the Film is Most of the Time Borderline Awful and Embarrassing. Far From Their Prime and Holding on for Dear Life (they shortly went to a TV Series), Abbott and Costello are Still Remembered Fondly, but Certainly Not for This Abysmal Adventure.
Worth a Watch for A & C Completest Only.
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