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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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Romantic, rousing, raucous and rotting away 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: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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Tonight We SailSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Romantic, rousing, raucous and rotting away, 31 August 2008
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I taped this off UK TV in 1988 – the washed out condition of the print even then made it look as if it could be from 300 years ago, but recently seeing the even more degraded copy TCM US is showing made me think it really was! How did this get into such a state – the wobbly cheap colour and choppy copies from multiple TV dupes haven't helped to be sure, but it all makes it a bit of an ordeal to sit through without rose-tinted glasses on.

At the cutely named Death's Head Tavern Bud & Lou unwittingly join forces with Charles Laughton playing Captain Kidd on the track of a treasure island – much fun is made of the map of Skull Island continually getting mixed up with Lou's supposed My Darling Darling Darling love letter. Add a deliberately devilish Leif Erickson as a sidekick for Laughton and elegant Hilary Brook as a pantomime Captain Bonney for something good to look at and you have the main crew. There's plenty of lusty non-pc songs, maybe too many but some not too bad and all well sung, my favourite being the romantic Speak To Me sung by the corny romantic leads on the pirate ship. It was the 2nd of the two films A&C did for Warners in 1952 (this was Bud's choice, Jack was Lou's), and was amazingly successful noisy slapstick at the time; the reason given by Laughton as to why he accepted the role was to learn how to do double takes from Costello. He generally hammed it up nicely and he and the boys in particular seemed to enjoy themselves, but it all seemed a bit too laboured at times.

For anyone new who might be interested in A&C this is not the film to start with, unless you're under 10 years old. And yet … I still end up watching this jolly nonsense every five years or so, never mind the grotty condition.

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