The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd

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The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd
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Directed by Derwin Abrahams
Charles S. Gould
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by George H. Plympton
Arthur Hoerl (story and screenplay)
Starring Richard Crane
David Bruce
John Crawford
George Wallace
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography William P. Whitley - B&W
Edited by Earl Turner
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
January 1, 1953 (1953-01-01)
Running time
15 Episodes, 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953) was the 52nd serial released by Columbia Pictures. It is based in the historical figure of Captain William Kidd.


In 1697, agents Richard Dale and Alan Duncan are sent on an undercover mission by the British Fleet to find and gather information on the notorious pirate, Captain William Kidd. Dale and Duncan soon join Kidd's crew and discover, to their surprise, that the Captain is far different than they had expected.


Richard Crane Richard Dale
David Bruce Alan Duncan
John Crawford Capt. Kidd Crawford was equally proficient at playing both good and bad characters. His casting added to ambiguity over Captain Kidd's guilt or innocence.[1]
George Wallace Buller
Lee Roberts Devry
Paul Newlan Long Ben Avery
Nick Stuart Dr. Brandt
Terry Frost Moore
John Hart Jenkins
Marshall Reed Capt. Culliford
Eduardo Cansino Jr.     Native
Willetta Smith Princess
Lou Merrill Lord Bellmore


This was the last costume serial and possibly the most faithful of the rare serial entries in the swashbuckling genre since Pirate Treasure.[2]

The plot was based on the possibility that the real Captain Kidd was misjudged in an unfair trial.[1]

Stock footage from feature films allowed the inclusion of seafaring scenes, which would have been too expensive to film on a serial budget. This resulted in, according to Cline, "a unique flavour for which it is fondly remembered."[2]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Pirate vs. Man-of-War
  2. The Fatal Shot
  3. Attacked by Captain Kidd
  4. Captured by Captain Kidd
  5. Mutiny on the Adventure's Galley
  6. Murder on the Main Deck
  7. Prisoners of War
  8. Mutiny Unmasked
  9. Pirate Against Pirate
  10. Shot from the Parapet
  11. The Flaming Fortress
  12. Before the Firing Squad
  13. In the Hands of the Mohawks
  14. Pirate Gold
  15. Captain Kidd's Last Chance



  1. ^ a b Cline, William C. (1984). "5. A Cheer for the Champions (The Heroes and Heroines)". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 76. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  2. ^ a b Cline, William C. (1984). "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 29. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 
  3. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 255. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 


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