Beginning with William Wrigley's acquisition of the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919, the history of the island is explored with archival footage, stills, interviews of residents, historians and celebrities.

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Kathryn Abbott ...
Herself - Historian (as Kathryn Abbott Ph.d.)
Del Breckenfeld ...
Himself - Director, Fender Records / Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Les Brown ...
Himself - Big Band Legend
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Himself - Ocean Futures Society
Dick Dale ...
Himself - King of the Surf Guitar
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Himself - Actor / Director
Mike Farrior ...
Himself - Tuna Club Curator
Art Good ...
Himself - Founder of Catalina Jazz Trax
Larry Harris ...
Himself - Author 'Jewels of Avalon'
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Himself - Actor / Third Generation Islander
Richard Keit ...
Himself - Tile Artist
Mary Kennedy ...
Herself - Tile Artist
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Himself - Fitness Pioneer
Chuck Liddell ...
Himself - Historian
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Himself - Paramount Pictures Producer
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Beginning with William Wrigley's acquisition of the Santa Catalina Island Company in 1919, the history of the island is explored with archival footage, stills, interviews of residents, historians and celebrities.

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Hollywood's secret playground of the stars


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12 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Special thanks to the Whittaker family of Island Rentals See more »

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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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It's Love, Love, Love
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Les Brown and His Band of Renown and sung offscreen by an unidentifed woman
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Reitman Reveals the Story of an Intriguing Island Getaway
29 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As an award-winning documentary journalist, I recommend "Hollywood's Magical Island." It is a captivating exploration of the rise and fall and (almost) rise again of Catalina, a little known island off the coast of Los Angeles. Reitman has done a superb job of integrating images, music, and interviews. The voice of actor Peter Coyote (Jagged Edge) adds to the pleasure of the viewing journey. The result is a documentary worth watching.

Over the years, Catalina Island has served as a tourist mecca, a World War II base, and a get-a-way for Hollywood stars. This documentary might attract a new wave of visitors to the island. But for those who never make it to Catalina, this documentary will be a satisfying substitute.


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