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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

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.

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Charles Lamont
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Two hapless waiters in a tavern on the Spanish Main play cupids between aristocratic Lady Jane and tavern co-worker Bruce Martindale, but the two bumpkins mix-up a love letter with Captain Kidd's treasure map of Skull Island. Kidd's treasure is claimed by Captain Anne Bonney, and she accompanies the notorious pirate to the island with the boys and Bruce, who have been shanghaied and the captured Lady Jane. Written by dukr1029@aol.com

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They're Raising Cain on the BOUNDING MAIN! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott y Costello contra el Capitán Kidd See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Capt. William Kidd: [In a self-deprecating manner] The things I have to do to go down in history!
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Connections

Edited from Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Meet Captain Kidd
(uncredited)
by Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Performed by Charles Laughton and chorus
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On the Downslide
13 November 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

I don't mind that the movie has no plot or that it's so noisy my 90-year old grandmother complained or that Charles Laughton thinks he's the one who should supply the laughs and not the menace. What I do mind is that A&C have so little to do. They manage a few bits, but these are crowded out by the chaotic knock-about. It's like someone said we don't have a script or any routines, so let's just run around, make noise, and maybe no one will notice. Maybe the best thing is the really great special effects. The masted ships and sea battle look like they come from an A-production, which they may have. But even the explosions on the sea-shore sets are well done. Too bad the rest of the movie doesn't rise to that level. And pity the poor regally composed Hillary Brooke who looks like she's missing all the mayhem, at the same time Laughton manages more mugs per minute than a race car generates RPM's. In my little book, this is one of the least of the 5 or 6 entries in the A&C Meets... series.


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