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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 »
User Reviews:
A&C are quality as ever but the poor musical numbers really slow it down See more (26 total) »

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:
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:[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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Movie Connections:
References Who Done It? (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
Speak to Me of the Tall PineSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A&C are quality as ever but the poor musical numbers really slow it down, 7 April 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Rocky and Oliver `Puddin' are happy go-luck folk in a port town. When they try to deliver a love letter from Lady Jane to sailor Bruce they get trapped on the ship of Captain Kidd. Kidd's treasure map gets mixed with Bruce's love letter and Oliver finds himself in a whole heap of hot water.

The story doesn't really matter – every A&C film has a silly setup for them to do their stuff, what does matter is the comedy. Here fans (of whom I'm one) will be happy that A&C are their usual selves despite looking older and fuller around the waist. Their routines are good and Captain Kidd gets involved well.

The problem with the film is that it moves away from the values of their older films. The Technicolour is pretty horrible and actually takes away from the film – making it feel like a gaudy matinee C-movie instead of a comedy classic. What is worse is the tonne of poor musical numbers – they really slow down the comedy, in fact they seem to take up most of the film. The romance element is also dull. However fans will be happy with both A&C's performances and Charles Laughton, who could easily have looked done hi nose at this, joins in really well and hams it up.

Overall this is not one of their best, but Abbot and Costello fans will enjoy their antics, but feel free to fast forward all the songs.

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