Catalina Caper (1967)

84 mins | Comedy, Adventure | 26 April 1967

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HISTORY

The 25 Aug 1965 Var announced the provisionally titled Never Steal Anything Wet as the first project by Bond Blackman and Jack Bartlett’s newly-formed Executive Pictures Corporation. Filming would take place on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. The scheduled 23 Aug 1965 start of principal photography was reported ten days earlier in DV. The 2 Sep 1965 issue identified Paradise Cove as a shooting location.
       An item in the 3 Sep 1965 DV noted that director Lee Sholem planned to conclude filming within seven days to accommodate cast member Peter Duryea, who was expected in New York City on 11 Sep 1965 for the stage drama, The Subject Was Roses. Duryea was the son of veteran actor Dan Duryea. As production drew to a close, the 9 Sep 1965 DV stated that actor Robert Donner had sustained two fractured ribs, reportedly during one of his days off. Donner’s character was required to make numerous plunges into the ocean.
       The film remained in limbo until 12 Jan 1967, when DV announced that it was being released by Crown International Pictures as Catalina Caper. Theater listings in the 22 May 1967 LAT indicated an engagement in Oceanside, CA, where featured musicians, The Cascades, continued to be a popular attraction. More than a year later, the 7 Aug 1968 edition reported openings in Los Angeles, CA, on a double bill with Speedway (1968, see entry). A review in the 19 Dec 1967 DV ...

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The 25 Aug 1965 Var announced the provisionally titled Never Steal Anything Wet as the first project by Bond Blackman and Jack Bartlett’s newly-formed Executive Pictures Corporation. Filming would take place on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. The scheduled 23 Aug 1965 start of principal photography was reported ten days earlier in DV. The 2 Sep 1965 issue identified Paradise Cove as a shooting location.
       An item in the 3 Sep 1965 DV noted that director Lee Sholem planned to conclude filming within seven days to accommodate cast member Peter Duryea, who was expected in New York City on 11 Sep 1965 for the stage drama, The Subject Was Roses. Duryea was the son of veteran actor Dan Duryea. As production drew to a close, the 9 Sep 1965 DV stated that actor Robert Donner had sustained two fractured ribs, reportedly during one of his days off. Donner’s character was required to make numerous plunges into the ocean.
       The film remained in limbo until 12 Jan 1967, when DV announced that it was being released by Crown International Pictures as Catalina Caper. Theater listings in the 22 May 1967 LAT indicated an engagement in Oceanside, CA, where featured musicians, The Cascades, continued to be a popular attraction. More than a year later, the 7 Aug 1968 edition reported openings in Los Angeles, CA, on a double bill with Speedway (1968, see entry). A review in the 19 Dec 1967 DV predicted poor box-office prospects, as the “beach party” genre had exhausted its popularity in early 1966.
       A news item in the 12 Feb 1968 DV stated that television rights had been acquired by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Aug 1965
p. 13.
Daily Variety
2 Sep 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Sep 1965
p. 5.
Daily Variety
9 Sep 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
12 Jan 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
19 Dec 1967
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Feb 1968
p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1965
Section C, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
22 May 1967
Section D, p. 23.
Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1967
Section G, p. 10.
Variety
25 Aug 1965
p. 14.
Variety
9 Aug 1967
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dick Dixon
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd rec
DANCE
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to the prod
Prop master
SOURCES
SONGS
"Scuba Party," words and music by Jerry Long and Richard Pennyman, sung by Little Richard; "Book of Love," words and music by Carol Connors and Roger Christian, sung by Carol Connors; "There's a New World Opening for Me," words and music by Ray Davies, sung by The Cascades; "Never Steal Anything Wet," words and music by Jerry Long, sung by Mary Wells.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Never Steal Anything Wet
Release Date:
26 April 1967
Premiere Information:
San Diego, California, opening: 26 Apr 1967
Production Date:
began 23 Aug 1965
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
84
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

College pals Don Pringle and Charlie Moss are spending their summer on Santa Catalina Island scuba diving and girl chasing. At the same time, Arthur Duval and his incompetent accomplice, Larry Colvis, are plotting to sell a fake Chinese scroll to a Greek millionaire who specializes in buying stolen art. As part of their scheme, Duval and Colvis have stolen the genuine scroll from a museum in order to convince the millionaire's art expert, Borman, of the authenticity of their merchandise. When the real scroll falls overboard during a scuffle on Duval's rented yacht, Don and Charlie are enlisted to recover the treasure. The plot is complicated by the arrival of criminal Fingers O'Toole and by the growing suspicions of the harbor patrol, but the scroll is eventually returned safely to the ...

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College pals Don Pringle and Charlie Moss are spending their summer on Santa Catalina Island scuba diving and girl chasing. At the same time, Arthur Duval and his incompetent accomplice, Larry Colvis, are plotting to sell a fake Chinese scroll to a Greek millionaire who specializes in buying stolen art. As part of their scheme, Duval and Colvis have stolen the genuine scroll from a museum in order to convince the millionaire's art expert, Borman, of the authenticity of their merchandise. When the real scroll falls overboard during a scuffle on Duval's rented yacht, Don and Charlie are enlisted to recover the treasure. The plot is complicated by the arrival of criminal Fingers O'Toole and by the growing suspicions of the harbor patrol, but the scroll is eventually returned safely to the museum.

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