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Captain Kidd [1945]

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Director:Rowland V. Lee
Writer:Norman Reilly Raine
Composer:Werner Janssen
Length:89 minutes
(1 hour 29 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:39%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Family
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Synopsis: Former pirate Captain Kidd tricks the King into employing him and manning his ship with condemned men. He wasn't expecting to end up with an "honest" man aboard his ship.


Reaction: Not a bad pirate movie. Not much particularly unexpected here, though.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Rowland V. Lee => Director
Norman Reilly Raine => Writer
Werner Janssen => Composer
Barbara Britton => Lady Anne Dunstan
Charles Laughton => Capt. William Kidd
Gilbert Roland => Jose Lorenzo
Henry Daniell => King William III
John Carradine => Orange Povey
John Qualen => Bart Blivens
Randolph Scott => Adam Blayne / Adam Mercy
Reginald Owen => Cary Shadwell
Sheldon Leonard => Cyprian Boyle
William Farnum => Capt. Rawson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Four years before this movie was made, Charles Laughton co-starred in It Started with Eve. In that film, Laughton's character, Jonathan Reynolds Sr., is said to have been born two centuries too late. The assistant newspaper editor comments that he could have been "Captain Kidd himself".