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Charles Laughton, Lou Costello Fan
- Vincent Bernardo
Could it be that the great Charles Laughton was a fan of Lou Costello? Apparently it's true. Laughton admired the way Costello did a double take and the other comic gestures that made him famous, and wanted Lou to teach him how to make funny faces! If it is true that inside every great dramatic actor there exists a comedian trying to get out, then Laughton certainly had a lot of fun making this picture! It reminds me of the old story of the great dramatic thespian, a John Barrymore type, who on his death bed is asked to give some profound statement about his life. He simply says,"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."This time around, Bud and Lou are waiters on the Spanish Main who try to deliver a love letter from their fellow worker Bruce Martindale (Bill Shirley) to the aristocratic Lady Jane (Fran Warren). Being Abbott and Costello, they naturally mix up the letter with Captain Kidd's treasure map of Skull Island. Besides Captain Kidd himself (Laughton), Captain Anne Bonney, played by the beautiful Hillary Brooke, also wants a share of the loot. (Hillary Brooke was so gorgeous that I would watch anything she ever did, including the Abbott and Costello TV show. She was also quite talented, but spent most of her career in B movies, where she played, if not an outright criminal, a lady who was hardly an upright citizen. In one film, she gives Sherlock Holmes a drugged cigarette so that he will commit suicide!) Captain Bonney accompanies Kidd, the boys, and Bruce to the island. While Bonney and Kidd search for the treasure, Bruce and the boys try to rescue the captured Lady Jane.While this is hardly the best Abbott and Costello movie (for one thing, the songs are all terrible!), if you are as big an A & C fan as I am, you will find it enjoyable. And if you're not, watch it anyway to see Charles Laughton having a ball!
Just to watch Charles Laughton
- Maureen v.v.
I bought the VHS of this movie because I wanted to see Charles Laughton as a comedian. I only saw him in serious roles. This was an average Abbott and Costello movie. Nothing new about their acting.
- Jim Smith
Music, comedy, and adventure all in one movie. Fun stuff. Jim
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Not Funny
This is a tortuous film to watch. It should be digitally remastered because the quality is terrible. Brooke really earned her paycheck by having to kiss Costello. This movie is just a mess. Unless you are a diehard Abbott and Costello, Laughton fan I don't see how this film in any way could be considered enjoyable. Laughton does his best with what he had to work with, but then again seeing him like that was sad really. I remember when he was a brilliant Captain Kidd before. None of what was supposed to be funny was funny, and I don't hate Abbott and Costello, they can be funny, but definitely not in this movie.