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Friday, November 25, 2005 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 continued from page 1 today, but one can still stroll years. Through their filming pro- around the Isthmus andimagine jects, many actors and actresses tall ships at battle in CatalinaHar- were introduced to Catalina bor during the filming of "Old Island and fell in love. During Ironsides", 1926. There was a the 1930s celebrities were a corn- Tahitian village constructed on men sight on the Island. Isthmus Cove beach for the film- Charlie Chaplin and his wife ing of" Mutiny on the Bounty", Paulette Goddard were frequent 1935. In fact, many of the palm visitors to Catalina Island. Char, trees found at the Isthmus today lie and Paulette loved to sail to were originally planted as set dec- the Island and try their luck oration by the motion picture angling for marlin and tuna. companies. Clark Gable spent much time The most lasting contribution on the Island filming movies and from Catalina's movie days was relaxing. He was often spotted at the introduction of the North the Hotel St. Catherine playing American Bison to Catalina tennis or unwinding in the Cock- Island in 1924. According to The tail Corral. Catalina Islander. 14 buffalo were Mutiny on the Bounty star- barged to the Isthmus and ring Clark Gable, Franchot Tone released for the filming of "The and Charles - Vanishing American", adaptedLaughton was one from Zane Grey's classic, novel.=-'~'the most success- Catalina Island eventually ended ful movies ever up on the cutting room floor of filmed on Catalina the movie, but the buffalo Island, taking home remained. The Catalina Island the Best Picture Conservancy now maintains aOscar that year. herd of 150 animals. The movie was Charlle Chaplin and his wife The city of Avalon and the filmed primarily on Paulette Goddard were fre- quent visitors to Catalina Island's steamships also played the beach at the Island. roles in motion pictures over the Isthmus. A Tahitian village was built and many palm trees planted. Sev. eral ships were This photograph shows the cast of Our Gang aboard the S.S. Catalina. brought to the Island for filming as : ::: ~ : well. 14 buffalo ware barged to the Isthmus and Exerpt from "Images of America: released for the filming Catalina Island" by Jeannine L. of The Vanishing Ameri- Pedersen for the Catalina Island can. Museum Clark Gable is pictured here at the Isthmus signing auto- graphs during the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935. Cecil B. DeMille (center) is pictured here on the set of his film "Male and Female" in 1919. This photograph shows one of the many set buildings built by a motion picture company at the Isthmus. Perfect Family Home. A spa= cious 4 bedroom, 3 baths Condo, approximately 1800 sf, fireplace, game room, din- ing room, large deck and a garage. Comes furnished and has a golf cart. Located in a quiet community with pool, tennis court and a clubhouse. Asking $979,000 Call Kelly Nelson at 310 293 7272 cell or 310.510.3000 Fairuiew Terrace 33 CabriU0 Located at the Golf Course PUB LUNCH 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. DINNER 5 P.M. TO CLOSING MENU AVAILABLE 11 A.M. TO CLOSING Sunday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. s18.0o For reservations, please call 310-510-7404 * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC" NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED *