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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:
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 »
Quotes:
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill:[after serving Kidd some soup] Is it good, sir?
Capt. William Kidd:It's just like Mother used to make. It stinks!
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Slapstick Spirit, 28 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Charles Laughton did a badly edited biographical film of Captain Kidd in 1945 although his performance as the cockney captain with aspirations to class is memorable. We don't often get a second crack at roles when they don't become mega-hits, but Laughton got it and made the most of it.

Laughton got one here although he had to take on Abbott and Costello as co-stars. But I will say that the distinguished Mr. Laughton more than held his own with those two burlesque comics. Especially when you consider that his co-stars names were in the title of the film.

Of course it was fans of A&C who went to see the film, but you get your audiences from where they come. Check Laughton's deadpan face when he's doing the old handcuff gag where Costello thinks he's got Captain Kidd cuffed behind his back and helpless. They did the same routine on their television show with Gordon Jones as Mike the Cop and the results are just as hilarious.

Speaking of the television show, Hillary Brooke from the cast of their show is also on hand as Laughton's rival, Captain Bonnie. Fran Warren and Bill Shirley have a great pair of voices, too bad the songs that they got to sing in the film aren't worthy of them.

Abbott and Costello were on a downward slide of their careers, but this film does hearken back to their early days at Universal when they were grinding out a whole bunch of comedy gems.

But the thing that has always gotten me about this film is the way Charles Laughton just dove right in to the slapstick spirit of this movie. Costello was known for not getting along with several of his co-stars, many of them had less than kind things to say. But according to observers, Laughton got along just fine with the boys.

You can tell by the side splitting results.

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