Tillie the Toiler is a 1927 silent film comedy produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released through Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. It is based on Russ Westover's popular comic strip ... See full summary »
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
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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