“Captain Kidd” is a 1945 adventure film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, and Barbara Britton. The film is loosely based on the historical figure of Captain William Kidd, a notorious pirate who was eventually captured and executed for his crimes.
In the film, Captain Kidd (Laughton) is commissioned by the British government to sail to Madagascar and attack a French vessel carrying treasure. Kidd recruits a crew of pirates and sets out on his mission, but soon finds himself at odds with his crew and his own conscience.
As Kidd and his crew continue their voyage, they face a variety of obstacles and dangers, including storms, mutiny, and attacks by rival pirates. Kidd also becomes romantically involved with a woman named Lady Ann Falconer (Britton), who is traveling to Madagascar to marry the governor of the island.
The film culminates in a thrilling showdown between Kidd and the British navy, as he attempts to evade capture and escape with the treasure. “Captain Kidd” is known for its swashbuckling action sequences, as well as Charles Laughton’s dynamic performance as the charismatic but conflicted pirate. While the film takes many liberties with the historical facts, it remains a popular and entertaining adventure story.
Rowland V. Lee
Norman Reilly Raine, Robert N. Lee
Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton