Captain Kidd Overview:

Captain Kidd (1945) was a Biographical - Adventure Film directed by Rowland V. Lee and produced by Benedict Bogeaus and James Nasser.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringWerner JanssenNominated
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Capt. William Kidd: There's none would be so loyal, nor fight so desperate, as cutthroats under sentence of death... if they knew that at the end of the voyage a royal pardon would be in their pockets.
King William III: I shall hold you responsible for their good conduct.
Capt. William Kidd: Between their conduct and mine, your majesty, there will be little to choose.


[from the scaffold]
Capt. William Kidd: So here's me bequest to them what hunts what I have hid and to their sons sons down through the corridors of time: greed that spawns murder; hatred that corrodes the soul; ambition - the foulest strumpet of all.
Heckler at Kidd's hanging: [to hangman] Hey, Dick - Dick Kent. Sell me a bit of that rope for a sixpence will you?
Capt. William Kidd: Save your money, me lads. You can have it all for nothing if you'll only step here and wear it!
[to hangman]
Capt. William Kidd: Hurry up, Kent. Can't wait forever.


Adam Mercy: May it please your Majesty, I accuse this man of piracy and murder!
Capt. William Kidd: Was ever a gentleman so misfortunate?
King William III: Lock him up in Newgate. He's to be held for the next session of the Court of Oyez and Terminer - there to be tried for his life.
[the palace guards grab Captain Kidd]
Capt. William Kidd: Hands off me, you scum! All I done was for the credit and for the honor and glory of England!


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Four years before this movie was made, Charles Laughton co-starred in It Started with Eve, In that film, Laughton's character, Jonathan Reynolds Sr., is said to have been born two centuries too late. The assistant newspaper editor comments that he could have been "Captain Kidd himself".
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