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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)





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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.


Bud Abbott
as Rocky Stonebridge
Lou Costello
as Captain 'Puddin'
Charles Laughton
as Capt. William Kidd
Bill Shirley
as Bruce Martingale
Hillary Brooke
as Capt. Bonney
Fran Warren
as Lady Jane
Syd Saylor
as Pirate
Rex Lease
as Pirate
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Critic Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

All Critics (4)

Since everything about the film is substandard, Charles Laughton also seems to be taking a vacation from his usual, more esteemed works, despite reprising his role from 1945.

August 14, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

plays more like a long television show than a feature film, which gives it a level of energy and fun

October 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Overall, the big production seems to keep the comedy team on their toes, and, while this never reaches the highs of their best films, it also feels a lot less lazy than their worst efforts.

April 21, 2011 | Full Review…

The only genuine point of interest is seeing Charles Laughton get his wish to play the buffoon.

September 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Typical fare for the duo enlivened by Laughton.

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