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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

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.

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Rocky Stonebridge
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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 dukr1029@aol.com

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They're Raising Cain on the BOUNDING MAIN! See more »


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27 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Abbott y Costello contra el Capitán Kidd  »

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$450,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Supercinecolor)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Pub Owner: [as Puddin' and Rocky are entering the tavern] Wait a minute! The front doors are for gentlemen! The back door's for swine!
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill: I'm no pig!
[Rocky shoves him toward the back door]
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Connections

Edited from Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Away Ay Aye Ay
by Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Performed by Leif Erickson, Bill Shirley and chorus
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A Pirate Coup De Grace
22 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Abbott & Costello don't make much swash buckling in this story, the color in this color feature is horrible, & the musical numbers even worse, they did one thing right.

Charles Laughton as Captain Kidd is easily the films greatest asset. The way he plays off Costello is great. Too bad there is not enough of it to save the film. There is way too little of the boys, & way too much horrible music in a short 70 minute film.

Sad thing is the idea could have been so much more. This is one film where the tickets were sold on the title, but the viewers were disappointed. While it is not their worst because of Laughton, it is no where near the teams best film.

At least it is the boys in color. Besides Jack & The Beanstalk which also has terrible music & color, this is the only other color film they did. Color me blue that a great idea gets wasted.


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