Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA, 1945. Benedict Bogeaus Production, Captain Kidd Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, from an original story by Robert N. Lee.Cinematography by Archie Stout. Produced by Benedict Bogaeus. Music by Werner Janssen. Production Design by Charles Odds. Costume Design by Greta. Film Editing by James Smith. Academy Awards 1945.
Charles Laughton‘s personality makes worthwhile viewing of this otherwise forgettable adventure film set on the high seas. He plays a pirate who feigns reform in an effort to convince the king of England to allow him to escort a shipment of treasure from India back to the motherland. Naturally his intentions are dark, but he fails to realize the challenge he has facing him in the presence of Randolph Scott as a member of his crew. It has lifeless direction and an unremarkable script, but fans of the actors will enjoy themselves well enough.