Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl is the 1954 action film. Captain Kidd is sentenced to hang, but he is saved at the last minute. However, it is all a plot by the Earl of Bellomount to get Kidd to reveal his treasure. He sends his friend, Judith, to spy on him. Kidd is wise to the plan and manages to both stop them and expose Judith. They land on an island that’s a hideout for other pirates. The Earl’s ship catches up to them. Can Captain Kidd cheat death twice?
This movie makes Captain Kidd cooler than he ever was in real life. It’s a typical swashbuckling movie, but it’s decent. What is refreshing is that his friend Jerry is a rare example of a man with a hook hand who is heroic. After so many evil villains with hooks, a smiling hero with one is awesome. Some viewers may not like the Taming of the Shrew style comedy when Kidd forces Judith to become a “slave girl.” While not historically accurate, the story is okay and a good excuse for action. Honolulu action fans should rent this movie.
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