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Clyde Ware (screenplay)
Sam Pierce (original story)
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Tommy Kirk ... Don Pringle

Del Moore ... Arthur Duval

Peter Duryea ... Tad Duval

Robert Donner ... Fingers O'Toole
Ulla Strömstedt ... Katrina Corelli (as Ulla Stromstedt)
Jim Begg ... Larry
Sue Casey ... Anne Duval

Lyle Waggoner ... Angelo

Michael Blodgett ... Bob Draper (as Mike Blodgett)
Bonnie Lomann ... Redhead
Britt Nilsson ... Brunette
Donna Russell ... Blonde
James Almanzar ... Sid
Lee Deane ... Dino Lakopolous
Venita Wolf ... Tina Moss

Brian Cutler ... Charlie Moss

Peter Mamakos ... Borman

Little Richard ... Himself

Carol Connors ... Herself
The Cascades ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Garland ... Himself (uncredited)
John Gummoe ... Himself (uncredited)
Eddie Snyder ... Himself (uncredited)
David Stevens ... Himself (uncredited)
David Szabo ... Himself (uncredited)
David Wilson ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee Sholem 
Writing credits
Clyde Ware (screenplay)

Sam Pierce (original story)

Produced by
Jack Bartlett .... producer
Bond Blackman .... producer
Sherman H. Dryer .... executive producer
Sal Mungo .... associate producer
Willis Oborn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jerry Long 
Cinematography by
Ted V. Mikels  (as Ted Mikels)
Film Editing by
Herman Freedman 
Makeup Department
Marc Snegoff .... makeup supervisor (as Mark Snegoff)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Dixon .... assistant director (as Dick Dixon)
Wendell Franklin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Earl Phillips .... property master
Sound Department
Rod Sutton .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Caramico .... camera operator (as Bob Caramico)
Foster K. Denker .... chief electrician (as Foster Denker)
Tom Ramsey .... key grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Worner .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Other crew
Michael Blodgett .... choreographer
Bruce Clark .... assistant to producer
Blair Robertson .... script supervisor
Ron Terry .... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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When the movie was filmed in 1965 the Cascades, the featured band, were three years past their only hit, "Rhythm of the Rain." By the film's release, original members were leaving the group. Not much of a draw for the teen set.See more »
Anachronisms: Lawrence makes a joke about one of the (other) bad guys being so good with memory he knows batting averages of the 1876 White Stockings (White Sox). They wouldn't be formed for another two decades, and not even known by that name till the turn of the century.See more »
Don:I've never seen so many trying to cover so much with so little.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Like a lobotomized Disney movie...utterly disposable, but relatively harmless, 22 January 2006
Author: lemon_magic from Wavy Wheat, Nebraska

I'll admit that my feelings about "Catalina Caper" (also known as "Never Steal Anything Wet") are colored by the fact that this was one of the very first MST3K episodes I saw some years ago, and I was so delighted by the cotton candy giddiness and whimsy dispensed by Joel and the Bots that I probably made some sort of Pavlovian/Garcia effect association with that delight and this movie. Maybe not though, since I still think "Lost Continent" is an utter dog.

Anyway, I watched the 'original' version (on the 'back' of the MST3K DVD in their first big collection) just to be fair, and well, it's pretty lame. The plot is just an excuse to string together a series of musical numbers and dancing scenes, and the filmmakers make the big mistake of using Little Richard's contribution 5 minutes in. Even when he's obviously high as a kite and phoning it in, he's still way better than anything else in the film, and it's all downhill from there; every other singer and performance suffers by comparison. It's like having Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band open for Ace Of Bass, Kajagoogoo and Mister Mister. You keep looking at your watch and wondering - will the real star will make another appearance, or was that it for good music in this film? Nope, that was it...

As for the acting performances...oh geez, it's probably not fair to take issue with the performances when the direction and the script obviously forced all these actors to perform as if their frontal lobes had been surgically removed. Casey Adams, who was decent enough in a 2nd-rate-Republic-serial way in "Indestructible Man" is utterly annoying here, and poor Tommy Kirk (whose career was in a death spiral by this point) flounders hopelessly without his Mouseketeer posse. Even the guy who played "Exidor" in "Mork And Mindy" is wasted here, forced to perform one uninspired pratfall after another in an disastrous attempt at comic relief. And anyway, wasn't that what the chubby guy in the Crayola hat was for?? Of course, he wasn't funny either...

But the girls are pretty in their bikinis, and they shake their hinders with enthusiasm. Some of the incidental music is appropriate, and there's plenty of sunshine and sea and beautiful scenery. If you'd never seen a beach party movie with Frankie and Annette, or never watched a Disney juvenile romantic comedy like "The Monkey's Uncle" or "Flubber", you might enjoy the mood and the sentiments. As it is, if you pound several shots and squint a little and don't think about it too hard, "Catalina Caper" goes down reasonably smoothly. I would never watch it again without the MST3K coverage, but at least I didn't want to gouge out my eyes.

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