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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd(1952)

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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd was the only feature film produced by Bud Abbott's company, Woodley Productions, Inc. The film, which was shot at the Motion Picture Center studios in Hollywood, was the second and final Abbott and Costello film in color. According to modern sources, Charles Laughton, whose comic character "Captain Kidd" was a departure from his previous roles, claimed he took the part in order to learn the art of double takes from Costello. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd marked recording artist Fran Warren's film debut. Charles Laughton also portrayed Captain Kidd in the 1945 film Captain Kidd, which was directed by Rowland V. Lee and released by Universal-International(see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). The character "Capt. Bonney" was based on the early eighteenth century pirate, Anne Bonny (1700-?), who is featured as a character in the following films: The Spanish Main, a 1945 RKO picture directed by Frank Borzage and starring Maureen O'Hara (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50), Anne of the Indies, Twentieth Century-Fox's 1951 production directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Jean Peters (see entry above) and the 1995 Carolco picture Cutthroat Island, directed by Renny Harlin and starring Geena Davis.