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Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (2003)

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.

Director:

Greg Reitman

Writer:

Greg Reitman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Abbott Kathryn Abbott ... Herself - Historian (as Kathryn Abbott Ph.d.)
Del Breckenfeld Del Breckenfeld ... Himself - Director, Fender Records / Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Les Brown Les Brown ... Himself - Big Band Legend
Jean-Michel Cousteau ... Himself - Ocean Futures Society
Dick Dale ... Himself - King of the Surf Guitar
Tony Dow ... Himself - Actor / Director
Mike Farrior Mike Farrior ... Himself - Tuna Club Curator
Art Good Art Good ... Himself - Founder of Catalina Jazz Trax
Larry Harris Larry Harris ... Himself - Author 'Jewels of Avalon'
Gregory Harrison ... Himself - Actor / Third Generation Islander
Richard Keit Richard Keit ... Himself - Tile Artist
Mary Kennedy Mary Kennedy ... Herself - Tile Artist
Jack LaLanne ... Himself - Fitness Pioneer
Chuck Liddell Chuck Liddell ... Himself - Historian
A.C. Lyles ... 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


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital
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Crazy Credits

Cast members from archive footage who are not uncredited were either credited orally by the narrator or by subtitles. See more »

Alternate Versions

Video and DVD made available in 2004 corrected some spelling errors (notably Orson Welles and Al Jolson) and 2 songs: "Love Love It" was changed to "It's Love, Love, Love" and "Sing, Sing" was changed to "Sing, Sing, Sing" See more »

Connections

References Old Ironsides (1926) See more »

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Beach It
Composed by Christopher Lennertz (as Chris Lennertz)
Courtesy of Chris Lennertz Music
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This film is good, but Catalina now not worth it!
1 September 2010 | by yessdancSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film when it came out in 2003, and was in love w/ Catalina as a great place to slow down and recharge in a pleasant, family and couples oriented tropical paradise. My wife and I (and now kids) had been going for almost 16 years when we had to stop in 2005 due to financial pressure of our own. We went back this summer (2010), and found it almost circus-like in the Island's present approach to tourists, which is 'Gouge em for every dime, cut corners, and don't worry about giving their money's worth.' Everything had doubled in cost, including the tours and attractions (45 minute underwater sub tour- $75 each). On the the inland bus tour, we were driven up into the hills, and the driver was supposed to tell us Catalina history. We also got a 10 minute verbal commercial for their 'new Zipline ride'. Basically a trapeze swing across the canyon- $90. I believe the Santa Catalina Island Company is to blame. I was told by a (nameless) employee that someone new is in charge, and the Island is losing its family charm. So true!!!


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