Catalina Caper

Never Steal Anything Wet

1967


Lee Sholem
Director

Crown International Pictures
Studio

A bunch of very white California teens get caught up in some nonsense over a stolen Chinese scroll (that looks like a big hanky), punctuated by some second-string musical groups badly lip-syncing.

A fitful last gasp of the beach party genre, almost fascinating in its unfunniness. Donner's M. Hulot knockoff is particularly egregious in this regard. Ted V. Mikels was the cinematographer, and his camera work is the only thing good about this one. Variety's review sums it up well: "Everything's been under rehearsed and/or done in one take, with results that all lines are read with little inflection." As to be expected with a director like Sholem, a hack whose output is all thoroughly unmemorable. Suitable only as MST3K fodder and Tommy Kirk completists.

Note: The MST3K version looks sunny and colorful, but the actual movie included on the flipside of that disk is a muddy, brown transfer, so apologies for poor caps.

-Dave W.


Catalina Caper
26th April 1967
Cinema


84 mins
1.37:1




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Tommy Kirk
Don Pringle
Del Moore
Arthur Duval
Peter Duryea
Tad Duval
Robert Donner
'Fingers' O'Toole
Ulla Strömstedt
Katrina Corelli
Jim Begg
Lawrence
Sue Casey
Anne Duval
Lyle Waggoner
Angelo
Michael Blodgett
Bob Draper
(as Mike Blodgett)
Bonnie Lomann
Redhead
(as Bonny Lomann)
Britt Nilsson
Brunette
Donna Russell
Blonde
James Almanzar
Sid
Lee Deane
Dino Lakopolous
Venita Wolf
Tina Moss
Brian Cutler
Charlie Moss
Peter Mamakos
Borman
Little Richard
Himself
Carol Connors
Herself
The Cascades
Themselves
SS Catalina
Herself

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