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Catalina Caper (1967).

March 5, 2010

The Scoop:
Get your flippy-floppies, people, because we’re going on a boat!

The 1960s was awash in “Beach Party” knockoffs, and “Catalina Caper” was one of the worst of the bunch. While on a sunny summer vacation to Catalina Island, a group of groovy teens stop an inept group of upper crust thieves who are trying to smuggle some sort of valuable scroll out of the local museum, while rocking out to the occasional musical guest star. The intentions here are good and the acting and filmmaking are technically competent, but the story is a sorry mishmash.

If you’re a B-movie fan, you find a lot of familiar faces here, including Tommy Kirk (“Mars Needs Women”), Del Moore (“Bachelor Father”), Jim Begg (“Village of the Giants”), Sue Casey (“Beach Girls and the Monster”), Michael Blodgett (“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”) and even Wonder Woman’s” Lyle Wagonner. The musical numbers come courtesy of the Cascades, Carol Connors and the wildly out of place Little Richard.

These ’60s teens-in-the-sun movies are always a fun diversion and worth your time — even the ones with as many shortcomings as this one. It’s worth checking out, even for the unintentional laughs.

Best Line:
“Look! The water fuzz!”

Side Note:
The Cascades’ song “There’s a New World Just Opening For Me” was written by Ray Davies of the Kinks.

Companion Viewing:
“Beach Party” (1963).

Daddy-O’s Drive-In Dirt.

Take a Look:
Little Richard! On a boat! Singing about scuba diving! I know, right?

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