Movie Magg: Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Warner Bros., Woodley Productions, )
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET CAPTAIN KIDD (with Charles Laughton) . Should have used good song writers and fired these, who are revealed during. View LYRICS of the movie Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd  (movie) . Most Popular Songs (more) no albums, submit an album here». Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd contains six songs by Bob Russell and Lester Lee — when the first one came on, a choral number in.
The writing is witty, the songs are actually quite fun and well performed, and the pace rarely drags. Abbott and Costello are in fine form, Laughton is a perfect foil, and Hillary Brook plays a sensual but dangerous Captain Bonney.
The picture on this film is its original 4: Much to my delight, it has been remastered; but is clearly unrestored, with numerous scratches and other marks appearing right from the beginning. The picture is relatively sharp and colorful, but forget about seeing any detail in the inky blacks of shadows.
Skin tones sometimes veer towards pink, but are usually accurate enough. The SuperCinemaColor might have looked a little better on screen inbut really comes off quite well here on DVD.
Overall, the image is far from perfect, but neither is it a disaster.
The audio comes off just fine, with no hiss or distortion. The menu is the usual Warner Archive menu seen these days, and chapter stops come every ten minutes.
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No extras are on this release. Cinematic Classic or Faded Print? I grew up on the Abbott and Costello Universal Studios films, which saw plenty of play on my local TV station on Saturday mornings in the s.
For this reason, I have the same nostalgia for them as I do for Hanna-Barbera and Filmation cartoons. Even mediocre Abbott and Costello is worth watching for me, and fortunately I would consider Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd to be a very strong effort, thanks largely to the presence of Charles Laughton, solid musical numbers, and a funny script.
This film was made at the tail end of their theatrical popularity, with their next film being the interesting but lacking Abbott And Costello Go To Mars. At the same time, they were appearing on television in a series that reprised many of their best film bits.
Abbott and Costello dispatched their co-producer Alex Gottlieb to approach Laughton.
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Gottlieb visited Laughton in Boston, where the star was appearing in a play. The first day he was on the set, Laughton saw Sailor Vincent dressed in a costume identical to his. I want to be a buffoon!
Unfortunately, the very talented crew and the color film stock could not compensate for the lame script or the enervated antics of Abbott and Costello. By the time this was film was shot, the comedy team had been in films for a dozen years and were more than played out.
The duo was unwilling to test out new material and preferred to rehash well-worn gags and situations. The film takes place on a Caribbean island where Abbott and Costello are, inexplicably, waiters at a tavern frequented by pirates.
They are witness to the alliance between a pair of notorious nautical figures — Captain Kidd Laughton and the female adventurer Captain Bonney Brooke — who form an uneasy partnership to locate a buried treasure on the mysterious Skull Island.
Through typical bumbling, Costello mixes up the treasure map with a love letter that a young noblewoman Warren intended for a singer at the tavern Bill Shirley.
The lovers, the waiters and the two pirate captains all wind up on Skull Island, where a mad scramble for the buried treasure ensues.
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The only genuine point of interest here is seeing Laughton get his wish to play the buffoon. In the course of the film, he is doused with water, pinched in his chubby cheeks, handcuffed, tripped, twice smacked on the head with a shovel, made to converse while blowing soap bubbles this is achieved via lame animationand hung upside down.
It is not clear why Warner Bros. However, the film is not in the public domain — in fact, a bootlegger who recently attempted to post the complete production on YouTube was smacked down for an unauthorized posting. Crummy bootleg DVD copies are not difficult to find — they appear to come from a faded and scratched-up 16mm print. But, seriously, unless you are incredibly eager to see Charles Laughton being hit with a shovel or rolling his eyes at the sagging antics of Abbott and Costello, this film is not worthy digging up.