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The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953)

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The British Admirality assigns two officers, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan, to gather evidence to convict Captain Kidd of piracy in the English courts. They sail for New York to learn the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Richard Crane ...
Richard Dale
David Bruce ...
Alan Duncan
John Crawford ...
George Wallace ...
Lee Roberts ...
Paul Newlan ...
Long Ben Avery [Chs. 10-13]
Nick Stuart ...
Dr. Brandt [Chs. 4-7,9]
Terry Frost ...
William Moore [Chs. 1, 4-9]
John Hart ...
Jenkins [Chs.4-6, 8-10]
Marshall Reed ...
Capt. Robert Culliford [Chs.2, 9-10]
Eduardo Cansino Jr. ...
Willetta Smith ...
Princess [Chs. 2-3]


The British Admirality assigns two officers, Richard Dale and Alan Duncan, to gather evidence to convict Captain Kidd of piracy in the English courts. They sail for New York to learn the whereabouts of Kidd, and posing as ordinary seamen, they join his crew. They learn that Kidd, the legendary swashbuckler of the seven seas, is not a a villain who scourges and plunders at will, but a man whose loyalty to England knows no bounds, a maritime adventurer who attacks only enemy French vessels and those of the pirates that sail against the British Empire. But can they keep him from being betrayed by his enemies and hanged? Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

17 September 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras do Capitão Kidd  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Great Adventures Of Captain Kidd, King Of Pirates {Chapter 1: Pirate Vs. Man-Of-War} (Derwin Abrahams and Charles S. Gould, 1953) **
8 August 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Only the first episode of this 15-chapter serial has been included on Columbia’s “Icons Of Adventure” 2-Disc Set…which is just as well, since watching 25 minutes of this Sam Katzman cheapie is tolerable enough – but six hours of it would have been positively mind-numbing!

The historical figure of Captain Kidd has been popular with film-makers (he was twice played by Charles Laughton, for instance), particularly during the heyday of the swashbuckler genre; here, he’s played by a younger, leaner actor and is depicted as a one-dimensional villain (at least, judging solely by this first episode). In fact, his brief appearances throughout are seen via flashbacks recounted to the hero (appointed by the British Admiralty to infiltrate Kidd’s gang) by former associates of the notorious pirate. Incidentally, the little seafaring action we get to see is mostly comprised of stock footage – amusingly accompanied by the occasional studio-shot insert of Kidd shouting orders to his men!

To get back to what I said initially, I can’t imagine sitting through this in its entirety (and I usually enjoy vintage serials, mind you – actually, I’ve a handful of them still to go through)…given that even a mere sampling of it proved nothing more than utterly bland and instantly forgettable!

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