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Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 21 November 1935 (USA)
Various Hollywood performers put on a pirate-themed variety show on Catalina Island, with a number of amiable stars in the audience.





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Several members of MGM's 'galaxy of stars' attend an evening of music and a fashion show.

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Complete credited cast:
Himself (as Charles ['Buddy'] Rogers and his California Cavaliers)
Sterling Young ...
Himself (as Sterling Young and his Orchestra)
The Fanchonettes ...
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That pirates used to sail off the coast of California around Catalina is a good excuse to hold a pirate themed party on the island. The centerpiece of the party, which is attended by a cavalcade of Hollywood luminaries, is a musical comedy revue emceed by Pirate Captain Chester Morris, and backed up musically by Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and his California Cavaliers. The party guests are wearing pirate costumes, and all the acts in the revue have a pirate and/or nautical theme. Written by Huggo

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Performed on the banjo by Eddie Peabody and 50 banjo players
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Another 'behind the scenes' promotional film for MGM
21 April 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Among the earliest Technicolor films using the Three-Color process are a set of promotional films made in the mid-1930s. They all supposedly show the stars in their off hours hanging out at a nightclub sort of setting...during which various adequate acts entertain.

In this one, Chester Morris is the emcee and he introduces the acts and points out the movie stars. A few of the stars hanging out on this beachfront nightclub DURING THE DAY is Mickey Rooney, Errol Flynn, Leon Errol, Cary Grant and Randolph Scott*. Most of the acts aren't very good, but their rendition of "We're in the Money" is very catchy. The theme is pirates and the acts mostly sport Hollywood versions of pirate costumes.

This is the sort of film that would appeal to folks who adore old Hollywood. Otherwise, it will be tough going as the film does come off as very staged and silly.

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