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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.

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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


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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 Treasure Island (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

26 Miles (Santa Catalina)
(1958)
Written by Glen A. Larson and Bruce Belland
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing
Performed by The Four Preps
Courtesy of EMI Capitol Records
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Reitman Reveals the Story of an Intriguing Island Getaway
29 June 2004 | by erikopolisSee 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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