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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
Hectic comedy, to be taken with a few grains of salt
Not being a real fan of Abbot & Costello movies I'm mainly interested in seeing the lighthearted performance of Charles Laughton (Captain Kidd), which strongly brings to mind one of his earlier films, part comedy, "Vessel of Wrath" (1938) where he plays a listless beachcomber who gets reformed from his lackadaisical ways. There's also the 1945 drama movie "Captain Kidd" which Laughton starred in that might interest viewers too.
Hillary Brooke (Capt. Bonney) isn't strong in comedy here and I regard her more of a dramatic actress but I could be wrong. My main memory of her is as the haughty, stunning beauty, Blanche Ingram, in the 1944 movie "Jane Eyre."
On the whole this A&C movie can be taken with a few grains of salt, or snuff, which is what they used in those days. It's enjoyable to see the very idyllic settings of palm trees, quiet lagoons, and spectacular galleon ships but things are livened up with pirate fights, blazing cannons, etc. Good fun for your money.
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