A group of swingin' teens take time out from having fun in the sun to try to foil a group of crooks searching for a stolen scroll.

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Don Pringle
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Arthur Duval
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Tad Duval
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Fingers O'Toole
Ulla Strömstedt ...
Katrina Corelli (as Ulla Stromstedt)
Jim Begg ...
Larry
Sue Casey ...
Anne Duval
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Angelo
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Bob Draper (as Mike Blodgett)
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Donna Russell ...
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James Almanzar ...
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Lee Deane ...
Dino Lakopolous
Venita Wolf ...
Tina Moss
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A beach movie. A scroll is stolen from an art gallery and taken to Catalina Island, where the thieves plan to use it to swindle Lakopolous, a Greek art collector. They plan to show him the real scroll, then deliver a fake. Lakopolous, however, turns out not to be rock-stupid, and tries to steal the scroll himself. Meanwhile, the thieves' son figures out what his folks are up to and cooks up an improbable scheme that will allow him to steal the scroll back and return it. During this, the whole troupe are under surveillance from a mysterious guy who keeps pulling prat falls. All of which is *completely incidental* to the story of the love interest between Don and Katrina, the blonde guy who always has women flocking to him for no perceptible reason, and the "spontaneous" music and dance numbers. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The nation's swinginest playground becomes the background for the most audacious crime of the century... with the ocean's floor as a hideaway! See more »


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Delightfully skewered and mercifully trimmed down by Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

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The band playing on the yacht later in the film is obviously miming as the drummer is playing nothing even remotely similar to what is being heard. See more »

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Don: I've never seen so many trying to cover so much with so little.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws (2009) See more »

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Book of Love
Music & lyrics by Carol Connors & Roger Christian
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another movie made watchable by "MST3K"
22 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

By now, everyone should know that the beach movies in the mid '60s were at the bottom of the cinematic barrel. Little more than excuses to have a bunch of sexually inactive teenagers party, they make you gag time and again.

Which brings us to "Catalina Caper". It is actually possible to like this movie. All that you have to do is rent it and go straight to the Little Richard scene. If you watch only that scene, then the movie is rather admirable. But if you watch any other scenes, then you see that the movie is pure flotsam. A jumbled story of muscle men and big-breasted women foiling a Greek millionaire's heist, "Catalina Caper" will make you roll your eyes. But let's face it: Tommy Kirk never starred in any good movies.

If you really want to watch this flick, then watch the "MST3K" episode where they mock it. Joel and the 'bots have a marvelous time with this one. Servo even sings a song about the woman whom he calls "Creepy Girl". I believe that it was Crow who made a joke pertaining to the Greek guy's name.


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