Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd () - IMDb
“Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd” is a strange film. . who recently attempted to post the complete production on YouTube was smacked. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd is a film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, along with Charles Laughton, who reprised his role as the. "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" is a rowdy, musical adventure that finds Rocky and Puddin (Abbott and Costello respectively) setting.
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.
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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.
When Mercy sees the Blayne crest, a fight breaks out. Outnumbered, Mercy is knocked unconscious, falls into the water, and does not resurface. However, he is not dead. He swims secretly back to the ship.
Mercy and a loyal crewman John Qualen row Lady Anne away in the ship's jolly boatbut are spotted. Despite Shadwell's heroic, if fatal, attempt to interfere, the boat is blown up. All the while Kidd captures another ship; this one belonging to Lady Jane. To round it all up, the two ships end up on Skull Island where the treasure is buriedKidd plans to kill Rocky and Puddin, Captain Bonney isn't having any of it, she and her crew face off against Kidd who ends up her prisoner, the treasure is found, a happy ending is to be had.
Now if that mish-mash of a synopsis confused you, then think how I felt having sat through it all. Be forewarned, this breakdown isn't gonna be pretty.
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Ok it won't be that ugly, I mean it is Abbot and Costello for crying out loud. 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. 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.
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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!