If you grew up in the New York City area at anytime before the 1990s, you probably were treated to the magic that was Sunday morning movies on WPIX. They would show old movies and I had a strong affinity for the comedies they would show. The “Road to” movies, the Marx Brothers and my favorite, “Abbott and Costello”. They were the perfect counterpoint to the manic color of Saturday Morning Cartoons, plus as a bonus, they were often enjoyed by my entire family.
As an adult I have been slowly acquiring the movies of Abbott and Costello so that I can relive those relaxing Sundays plopped on the couch, the smell of bacon and french toast still in the air and my family slumped around the family TV laughing. My newest acquisition is the remastered color classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd which has been released by The Warner Archive. Not familiar? You are in for a real treat…
Abbott. Costello. Laughton. Three stars boasting one Oscar® between them deliver the yo-ho-ho-ho-ing of this merry musical-comedy tale of pirates and buried treasure. Casting an acclaimed actor renowned for gravitas in a knockabout romp may seem unusual. Yet Academy Award® winner* Charles Laughton, who portrayed menacing Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty and the title role in the swashbuckling adventure Captain Kidd, sails into this sea of silliness with great glee. Instigators of most of that silliness are, of course, the legendary Bud and Lou, turning the voyage under the Jolly Roger into a jollier one with their comic timing, verbal jousts and madcap mayhem. Arrrrrr you ready?
Well arrrrrrr you? If so, drop on by the Warner Archive and order a copy of Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd on DVD today.