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Director:
Writers:
Howard Dimsdale (written by) and
John Grant (written by)
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Release Date:
27 December 1952 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
They're Raising Cain on the BOUNDING MAIN!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Rocky Stonebridge

Lou Costello ... Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill

Charles Laughton ... Capt. William Kidd
Hillary Brooke ... Capt. Bonney
Bill Shirley ... Bruce Martingale

Leif Erickson ... Morgan
Fran Warren ... Lady Jane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lester Dorr ... Waiter at Pub (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Flirtatious Pirate (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Waiter at Pub with Black Eye (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Capt. Bonney's First Mate (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Pub Owner (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Tavern Wench (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Pretty Maiden in Pub (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Waiter at Pub spitting teeth (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Ugly Pirate (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Waiter at Pub (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Lamont 
 
Writing credits
Howard Dimsdale (written by) and
John Grant (written by)

Produced by
Alex Gottlieb .... producer
Lou Costello .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Raoul Kraushaar 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Hall 
 
Set Decoration by
Al Orenbach (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Albert Deano 
Maria P. Donovan  (as Maria Donovan)
 
Makeup Department
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Maurie M. Suess .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mac Dalgleish .... sound (as 'Mac' Dalgleish)
Ben Winkler .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
 
Stunts
Vic Parks .... stunt double (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Adams .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Wilton R. Holm .... color consultant
Clifford D. Shank .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Raoul Kraushaar .... conductor
Norman Luboff .... choral arrangements
Val Raset .... musical numbers staged by
 
Other crew
Milt Bronson .... dialogue director
Don McDougall .... script supervisor
Robert H. Justman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
70 min | Argentina:75 min
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Color:
Color (Supercinecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
Although Hillary Brooke plays Anne Bonny with an English accent (even though Brooke is American, not English), the real Anne Bonny was Irish (born Anne Cormac). Bonny's name is usually spelled without an "e," but sometimes--as in this film--it is spelled with the "e".See more »
Quotes:
Pub Owner:Are you stupid?
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill:No.
Pub Owner:A nincompoop?
[Puddin' shakes his head 'no.']
Pub Owner:Moronic?
[He again shakes his head]
Pub Owner:Idiotic?
[He again shakes his head and smiles]
Pub Owner:Imbecilic?
[Puddin' snickers]
[...]
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely diabolical, 16 May 2014
Author: mutty-mcflea from Lincolnshire, UK

Appalling, amateurish and entirely laugh free, this almost unbearable adventure has the unfunny duo meeting – you guessed it – Captain Kidd, played by Charles Laughton in a manner that makes it clear he's wishing a painful death upon himself. The 'story', for what it's worth (nothing), concerns a treasure map and whatever and so on. It doesn't matter.

There are many, many pratfalls and banged heads in this lame lump of inept crud, and none of it, not one solitary second, is funny. The slapstick is poorly staged and looks as though it was made up on the spot. It's the polar opposite of slick. It's the kind of movie that makes you wish your house would burn down around you, just to end the pain. One of the worst comedies I've ever seen.

What more can I say? It's just. Not. Funny.

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