Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Director: Charles Lamont Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton

DVD (Remastered)

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Though out of favor with many Abbott and Costello buffs, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd is actually a lot of fun, so long as the viewer parks logic and dignity at the door. Captain Kidd is played by no less than Charles Laughton, who reportedly agreed to sign up for this film because he wanted to learn how to perform a comedy double-take. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are cast as Rocky and Puddn'head, waiters at a pirate hangout on the island of Tortuga. Entrusted with a love letter written by the beautiful Lady Jane (Fran Warren) to cabaret singer Bruce Martingale (Bill Shirley), Puddn'head manages to get this missive mixed up with a treasure map coveted by both Captain Kidd and his rival, lady pirate Captain Bonney (Hillary Brooke). The upshot of all this finds Rocky, Pudd'nhead, Lady Jane and Bruce being shanghaied by Kidd, setting the stage for a climactic treasure hunt and chase on a faraway island. Laughton takes to broad slapstick comedy like a fish to water; indeed, at times he's a lot funnier than Bud and Lou! Filmed in Cinecolor, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd was the second of the team's independent productions for Warner Bros. release; like the first, Jack and the Beanstalk, it was well received by the public, even while critics tore their hair and gnashed their teeth.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2011
UPC: 0883316336434
Original Release: 1952
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 9,023

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Rocky Stonebridge
Lou Costello Oliver Puddin' Head Johnson
Charles Laughton Capt. Kidd
Hillary Brooke Capt. Bonney
Bill Shirley Bruce Martingale
Leif Erickson Morgan
Fran Warren Lady Jane
Bobby Barber Man
Rex Lease Pirate
Sid Saylor Pirate
Frank Yaconelli Pirate

Technical Credits
Charles Lamont Director
Robert Aldrich Asst. Director
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Mac Dalgleish Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Dimsdale Screenwriter
Maria P. Donovan Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Gottlieb Producer
John Grant Screenwriter
Daniel Hall Production Designer
Raoul Kraushaar Score Composer
Lester Lee Songwriter
Edward Mann Editor
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
Bob Rusell Songwriter
Ben Winkler Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Zavitz Special Effects

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