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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) Poster

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As Universal Pictures would not spend extra money to make a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello picture in color, the duo opted to do it themselves. Using a contractual agreement with Universal that permitted them to make one independent film per year, they made this film using Abbott's company, Woodley Productions. The Technicolor process was too expensive, so they opted for the less costly SuperCinecolor.
Anne Bonny could never have been a rival to William Kidd. He was hanged in 1701. She was born in 1702.
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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".
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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.
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In the opening scene of It Started with Eve (1941), an assistant newspaper editor comments that if Jonathan Reynolds Sr. had lived two centuries earlier, he would have made a great pirate - "Captain Kidd himself." Three years later, Charles Laughton, who played Jonathan Reynolds Sr., played the title role in Captain Kidd (1945) and again in Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952).
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Charles Laughton was well known for sea-going roles: a skipper, Captain Grossman in Down River (1931); Naval commander Charles Sturm in Devil and the Deep (1932); Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935); Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas in Stand by for Action (1942); and leads in an unhistorical Captain Kidd (1945) seven years before the Captain William Kidd of this movie.
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Re-released in black-and-white, not color.
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In 1951 Jean Peters appeared in a pseudo-historical biography of Anne Bonny called Anne of the Indies (1951).
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