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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)

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:
In 1951 Jean Peters appeared in a pseudo-historical biography of Anne Bonny called Anne of the Indies (1951).See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Bonney:If I weren't a pirate, I'd cry.See more »
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Soundtrack:
A Bachelor's LifeSee more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Charles Laughton's Hidden Performance, 25 November 2004
Author: bobafettpc from Athens, GA

I have just finished watching this film 30 seconds ago and I must make a few comments.

Abbott and Costello on the High Seas in full color. The High Seas: a good idea. The full color: a bad idea. The cinematography ends up being grainy and the color washed out. In the end, this detracts from the film and actually makes some of the gags fall flat, simply from being distracted. As far as A+C are concerned, this is a slightly below par outing. The gags aren't that great to begin with, and there are really no scenes of the characteristic A+C bantering. Not that it is terrible, mind you. But the overall performance is subpar.

What is truly fun to watch is Charles Laughton. Admittedly, I am a Charles Laughton fan. I think he has largely been overlooked for what a great actor he was, and it is rather unfortunate that his directing output was limited to the one masterpiece, Night of the Hunter. What is so wonderful about his performance? The fact that the filmmakers decided to make it humorous.

If you think about it, Charles Laughton cast in the role of Captain Kidd really screams for a Kidd-cum-Bligh from Mutiny of the Bounty. I expected Laughton to spend the entire film shouting and talking tough in that clipped manner that he used for Captain Bligh. And while there was plenty of shouting and tough-talking, there were plenty of moments of comedy on the part of Captain Kidd. It seems that the filmmakers, instead of being completely serious, tried to go for the gag whenever possible. I love that.

It also shows off the comedic possibilities of Charles Laughton that went almost completely unnoticed during his career. Only every once in a great while did they manifest themselves, such as his wonderful performance in Witness for the Prosecution. It is rather unfortunate that many great actors got pseudo-typecast in serious roles and never got to explore their comedic talents in full. Such as Bogart, who got very few comedic roles but shined in the ones he did have (such as Sabrina and We're No Angels). Why is that these great actors, while well-renowned for drama, could and should have excelled at comedy? Because great actors excel at the most critical element of comedy:

Timing.

Timing is essential to all comedy and they had it. This shows itself most in snappy banter. Just as Humphrey Bogart was able to banter well with William Holden in Sabrina, Charles Laughton banters well in brief flashes with Lou Costello. Take the scene where Lou draws a mustache on the portrait of Captain Kidd, only to have it roll away while Lou turns and the real Captain Kidd appears.

Lou: I could've sworn I drew a mustache on that picture

Kidd: Well you didn't

Lou: I didn't?

Kidd: Nope

Is this exchange something that Captain Bligh would've done? Absolutely not. But they did it here. And text nowhere near does justice to the splendid timing of this exchange, though sadly it only took 2 seconds of film. There are a few other brief moments like this that demonstrate what a comedic talent Charles Laughton could have been. And there are moments of slapstick as well. When Charles Laughton does a little sailor dance after what seemed a victory over Lou, I nearly hurt myself laughing. It was such a silly and wonderfully outrageous thing to do.

Don't get me wrong, this is not to say that Charles Laughton's performance was a comedic gem, no. For the most part is was bellowing and shouting that you would expect. But the fact that the filmmakers did not take it that seriously throughout the entire film made it wonderful to me. In every movie, there are moments for each character where they are faced with a choice: do I go for the serious portrayal, or do I go for the gag? It was my pleasure that with Charles Laughton's mostly serious role, when these choices arose, he went for the gag. And I loved it.

So, overall, this film is a meh. But if you do decide to watch this film, (and why not?) then keep an eye out for Charles Laughton and I'm sure, like me, you'll wish he had done more comedy.

P.S. I would also like to go on the record as stating that Hillary Brooke is, indeed, hot. Actually, she's not just hot. She's HAWT.

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