THE BOOTLEG FILES: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD – Film Threat
In , pirate William Kidd (Charles Laughton) loots and destroys the London galleon Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, a comedy film in which. Two hapless waiters in a tavern on the Spanish Main play cupid between aristocratic Lady Jane and tavern co-worker Bruce Martindale, but the two bumpkins. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd starring Bud Abbott. . See more. Abbott & Costello Go Fishing - YouTube Bud Abbott, Comedy Duos, Abbott And.
The king is persuaded by Kidd that the captain of The Twelves Apostles was that very pirate who has now disappeared with its treasure and grants the commission.
Kidd recruits a crew from condemned pirates in Newgate and Marshalsea prisons, promising them a royal pardon at the end of their voyage. Among them is the quarrelsome though cultured Adam Mercy Randolph Scottwhom Kidd makes his new master gunner because of his claimed prior service with pirate Captain Avery.
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The King sends Kidd and his ship the Adventure Galley to the waters near Madagascar where The Twelve Apostles met its fate to rendezvous with the ship Quedagh Merchant and provide an escort back to England.
Kidd's murderous plan quickly unfolds. His story about a pirate he fought recently in the waters nearby persuades Lord Fallsworth to switch ships with his daughter and the precious cargo.
Just as the transfer takes place, the Quedagh Merchant blows up. Kidd also arranges a fatal "accident" for Lord Fallsworth, leaving only a frightened Lady Anne. She turns to the only man she thinks she can trust, Shadwell Reginald OwenKidd's servant.
When she mentions in passing the recent battle with pirates, the honest Shadwell tells her it never happened. He advises the woman to put her faith in Adam Mercy. On the voyage home, Kidd schemes to rid himself of his three close associates to avoid sharing the booty and Mercy, whom he rightly suspects. When a smitten Lorenzo tries to force himself on Lady Anne, Kidd is delighted when Mercy engages him in a sword fight.
Lorenzo is driven overboard to drown. However, during the fight, Mercy's medallion is torn from his neck. Kidd finds it and recognizes the Blayne family crest. Kidd drops anchor at a lagoon. He, Orange Povey John Carradinehis only surviving confederate who had the foresight to prepare an incriminating letter to be sent if he should dieand Mercy go ashore and dig up the loot from The Twelve Apostles. For one thing "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" is a short film — 70 minutes overall, which is a good thing because a film such as this, you really don't wanna invest any more time than needed.
While I found the comedic stylings of Abbott and Costello a bit subdued in this film, I still enjoyed their antics and physical comedy. I gotta give thumbs up to Charles Laughton as Captain Kidd — he's loud, obnoxious, and such a joy to watch.
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You can tell he was having a good time with the role. And it shows because he puts on a wonderful performance; if he hadn't over-hammed it up, I would say he's actually better than Abbott and Costello. And that's about as far as I can go, because now we move on to Remember I said the film ran about 70 minutes, and it's probably the longest 70 minutes I ever had to sit through.
Again, I'm grateful that it didn't go on any longer, because I'll be honest, I wouldn't have made it through the whole thing had that been the case.
The musical numbers are uninspiring, the pacing is just atrocious, and the Cinecolor used for the film looks muddy — and this is remastered mind you!
Oh, and the story is a convoluted mess! How many times can Puddin and Kidd get the maps switched only to end up with the wrong map - each and every time Puddin wants the letter and Kidd wants the map?
And it just goes on and on from there with no clear course. And while "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" won't rank as one of my favorites, I'm sure there're fans out there who will treasure this film more than me.
If I had to choose a favorite, it would be "Abbott and Costello Meets the Invisible Man" or any of the films where they meet the universal movie monstersbecause those were just crazy fun!