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Catalina Caper 

A map heist goes horribly wrong off the coast of Catalina and it's up to a bunch of scantily clad scuba-partying teens to save the day.



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Episode cast overview:
Joel Hodgson ...
Jim Mallon ...
Frank Conniff ...
Jim Smith ...
Jerry (as James Smith)
Robert Czech ...


The Mads kick off the invention exchange with "tank tops", actually tank turrets worn around the mid-section while Joel introduces the Tickle Bazooka. Then Joel and the 'bots are forced to watch a swingin' 60s caper comedy called "Catalina Caper", all about a group of beach party teens who foil a plot by a group of international crooks looking to steal a valuable scroll. Written by Jerry Roberts

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13 October 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Servo: [singing] Oh, Creepy. Lyle Wagner's a total jerk, second only to Tommy Kirk. Could you find it in your heart to love a 'Bot like me-e-e? That fishy story you tell always makes me sleepy, but that's just what I get for dating a girl that's cre-e-epy. My Creepy Girl! Oh, C is for the uncertainty of not quite knowing what ethnic group you're from. R is for the gifts you give me every time you smile. The first E is for, uh... well I don't really know, but the second E is really a grammatical thing, ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


My Creepy Girl
Music by Michael J. Nelson
Lyrics by The Brains
Performed by Kevin Murphy (uncredited)
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Who is afraid of Venita Wolf?
25 April 2017 | by (Clearwater Fl) – See all my reviews

Catalina Caper is a lightweight piece of fluff. Overall, however, it is an enjoyable lightweight piece of fluff. It is a beach party movie taking place on Catalina Island (natch). The plot (for what it is) consists of a Jack Benny espy selling a stolen ancient Chinese scroll to a shady ethnic type. (A Greek tycoon). He brings his wife and teenage son along on the trip. The kid wants his parents to go straight and the Tycoon inexplicably wants to steal the scroll (even though he is there to buy it).

The kid meets up with some friends, runs into a strange depressed Swedish girl and the whole gang is serenaded by Little Richard looking about four drinks in.

Highlights include a very young Lyle Waggoner as depressed Swedish girl's boyfriend and main henchman for greedy Greek tycoon. The other highlight is the delightful Venita Wolf who would go on to be a guest actor on Star Trek and a Playboy model. She brightens up the movie with an overwhelming pixie cuteness. (She plays one of the gang's sisters and Betty to depressed Swedish girls Veronica). It is really a surprise she didn't do better as an actress.

Lowlights include horrible pratfall comedy and a plot that would be considered too lightweight for a first season Scooby Doo episode. I, of course, did not suffer alone as I had Joel and the bots along with me. They make good sport of the overwhelming whiteness of the film (Even for a Beach movie from the sixties) and the poor music choices and pratfalls. I have also read reports they cut a good chunk out of the movies running time making it much more watchable.

Overall a good time especially if you take Joel and the bots along for the ride.

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