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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
Guests at the party include Marion Davies, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Errol Flynn, Lili Damita, Mickey Rooney, Virginia Bruce, and Robert Armstrong. Of these, only Rooney and Bruce were under contract to MGM in 1935. See more »
This film is a short 1935 Technicolor variety program set on Santa Catalina Island. There are several musical numbers, light comedy and specialty numbers.
I've only seen portions of the film on You Tube but it's really kind of like Avalon was in those days, with movie stars, big bands and plenty of Chamber of Commerce summer festivals which encouraged locals & tourists alike to dress up and be pirates, hillbillies, babies or whatever the current theme suggested. It offers glimpses of the Great White Steamers, the mahogany speedboats and stately St. Catherine Hotel, all long gone from 2008 Catalina.
The film's Technicolor is gorgeous, the musical numbers bouncy and cheerful. I always liked Buddy Rogers' music, & Johnny Downs' dancing & singing was fun to watch. JD always played the young college-types without a peer, later coming back to Coronado, CA to host local children's TV programs in the 50-'60s. He had a warm kind heart & gentle manner; it showed in his work. Please watch this film or Pigskin Parade and see for yourself.
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