Captain Kidd (1945)

Captain Kidd




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It's every man for himself when Charles Laughton bites into the role of infamous 17th century pirate captain William Kidd. Hoping to further increase his ill-gotten gains, Captain Kidd inveigles King William III (Henry Daniel) into appointing him the "patriotic" protector of a valuable treasure ship. Ostensibly hired to fend off enemy vessels, Kidd intends to steal the ship's cargo for himself with the aid of his swarthy lieutenants William Moore (Gilbert Roland) and Orange Povy (John … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Reilly Raine
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
United Artists



as Capt. William Kidd

as Adam Mercy/Adam Blay...

as Lady Anne Dunstan

as Jose Lorenzo

as Cary Shadwell

as Orange Povey

as Bert Blivens

as Lord Albermarle

as King William III

as William III

as Michael O'Shawn
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Critic Reviews for Captain Kidd

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Charles Laughton renders a grandly theatrical performance as the infamous pirate, a role he would spoof in a 1952 comedy.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012

Sails the high seas on Charles Laughton's sea legs.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Laughton is good, but the film is a cheap, tepid affair that drove its director to quit movies.

February 11, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 23, 2012

Audience Reviews for Captain Kidd

Charles Laughton is NOT one of my favorite actors. I usually find him dull and boring. The only film he's in that I actually enjoyed was Island of Lost Souls, but that had more to do with the film's atmosphere and that Laughton was well-cast in the role. While he gave a good performance, it had more to do with Laughton as a person that influenced that performance, which is what made it good. I can't say I'm incredibly impressed with Randolph Scott either. I suppose if put in the right role, like Laughton, he'd pull something off good. This all leads me into Captain Kidd, which is about as boring as watching paint dry. The performances are terrible, the story is boring and meanders all over the place and there's really no high seas adventure, which is implied on the film's poster. It's just a boring mess, and I wanted it to end long before it even reached its halfway point. In other words, this is one of the most skippable movies you'll never see.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


With that cast it should have been better. Just sort of chugs along without the sense of derring do required for this kind of adventure. Scott looks ridiculous dressed up as a pirate, Laughton does his best but this is just blah.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The acting is fairly good, and there is a lot of it. Don't be suprised not to find too much "high seas adventure" but more trasure and plunder. Black and White. focused more on story than much else. but with some beautiful scenes none the less.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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