The Captain's Kid


1h 12m 1936
The Captain's Kid

Brief Synopsis

A sea captain has to live up to his tall tales when he's attacked by gangsters.

Film Details

Also Known As
Make Way for a Pirate, Way for a Pirate
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Nov 14, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Productions Corp.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Little Abigail Prentiss arrives in the New England seaside town of Stanburyport with her aunt, Marcia Prentiss. Marcia has ordered Abigail's older sister Betsy Ann to stay in town, hoping to keep her away from nice but poor Tom Squires. Instead she finds that Betsy Ann has defied her and taken a train to the country. Marcia also wants to keep Abigail away from her somewhat disreputable uncle, Asa Plunkett, the man whom Marcia almost married in her youth, but Abigail is as hard to control as Betsy Ann. As soon as she can, Abigail leads their driver, John Scores, in search of Asa. She finds him at the jail, where he is spending time on drunk charges. Famous for his tall tales, Asa tells Abigail a story about a treasure buried on a nearby island. When Abigail later finds a map in the attic at home, she is convinced it will lead them to riches. She sneaks away from home that night and manages to stow away on Asa and Tom's boat with Betsy Ann, followed by two thieves who have overheard Asa's boasts. Asa and Abigail actually do find a treasure, but the thieves try to take it away and Asa accidentally kills one of them. After Asa is arrested Abigail tries to help him, but she only manages to make everything worse. Just when things seem hopeless, John recognizes the thieves, who wreck their car as they try to avoid being apprehended. Asa is then cleared and gets the reward for their capture. Marcia apologizes to Asa and he heads off to fish--with Abigail stowed away.

Film Details

Also Known As
Make Way for a Pirate, Way for a Pirate
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Nov 14, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
First National Productions Corp.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Film Length
8 reels

Articles

The Captain's Kid -


Warner Bros. groomed South African child performer Sybil Jason, who had made an international reputation for herself in British vaudeville with her impersonations of Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Durante, and Greta Garbo, as a rival to 20th Century Fox superstar Shirley Temple. After testing Jason out in support of such Warners leads as Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, and Al Jolson, the studio plugged the 8 year-old triple-threat into her own vehicle, granting their new acquisition name-above-the-title status in Nick Grinde's The Captain's Kid (1936). Based on an original story by Earl Felton, Tom Reed's screenplay casts Jason as a precocious but resourceful New England orphan who defies the prohibitions of spoilsport aunt Mary Robson to follow yarn-spinning drunkard Guy Kibbee on a quest for buried treasure. Playing to its star's strengths, The Captain's Kid permits Jason two lively production numbers before placing her in the expected peril in the second act... only to tie everything up in a predictably happy conclusion by the end of the third. Despite her copious charms and obvious talent, Jason never proved a true threat to Temple at the box office and Warners opted not to renew her contract. As fate would have it, Fox picked up Jason's option and plugged her into two of its later Shirley Temple vehicles, The Little Princess (1939) and The Bluebird (1940), her final film. Despite their short-lived box office competition, Jason and Temple remained lifelong friends up until Jason's death at age 83 in August 2011.

By Richard Harland Smith
The Captain's Kid -

The Captain's Kid -

Warner Bros. groomed South African child performer Sybil Jason, who had made an international reputation for herself in British vaudeville with her impersonations of Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Durante, and Greta Garbo, as a rival to 20th Century Fox superstar Shirley Temple. After testing Jason out in support of such Warners leads as Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, and Al Jolson, the studio plugged the 8 year-old triple-threat into her own vehicle, granting their new acquisition name-above-the-title status in Nick Grinde's The Captain's Kid (1936). Based on an original story by Earl Felton, Tom Reed's screenplay casts Jason as a precocious but resourceful New England orphan who defies the prohibitions of spoilsport aunt Mary Robson to follow yarn-spinning drunkard Guy Kibbee on a quest for buried treasure. Playing to its star's strengths, The Captain's Kid permits Jason two lively production numbers before placing her in the expected peril in the second act... only to tie everything up in a predictably happy conclusion by the end of the third. Despite her copious charms and obvious talent, Jason never proved a true threat to Temple at the box office and Warners opted not to renew her contract. As fate would have it, Fox picked up Jason's option and plugged her into two of its later Shirley Temple vehicles, The Little Princess (1939) and The Bluebird (1940), her final film. Despite their short-lived box office competition, Jason and Temple remained lifelong friends up until Jason's death at age 83 in August 2011. By Richard Harland Smith

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The film's working titles were Make Way for a Pirate and Way for a Pirate. On the film, the copyright holder is listed as First National Productions Corp.