Pirate Party on Catalina Isle! First Appearance!

30 Aug

All Flynn followers are familiar with the brief appearance of Errol and Lily in Pirate Party on Catalina Island, but there was always a little confusion about when this quiet little short subject appeared. To help quell any more questions, here is a clip from the Los Angeles Times newspaper of Feb. 12, 1936, page 11.


It premiered with the Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times.



— Ada Klock


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  1. The Zaca

    August 31, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    AK do you or does anyone else on this group, have a watchable link to the short film?

    I was raised on Catalina Island, having uncles, aunts and great aunts living there in Avalon. I remember my dad and his brother coming off the mountain with wild pig on a stick they shouldered between them. I rode ponies and went back and forth from the mainland on the glass bottom boats. It was a wonderful place then…

    • Ada Klock

      September 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Unfortunately, I do not have a usable link to watch the Pirate Party film.

  2. Gentleman Tim

    September 1, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Hello and Ahoy TZ! So cool your Catalina history!

    There used to be a YouTube link or two with the full, wonderful film of Pirate Party on Catalina Isle. But it appears they have been taken down. There are though several clips available, including this rather substantial one with a glimpse of Errolili @ 4:32 – 4:38.


    • The Zaca

      September 1, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Ah, replete with my other heart throb, Howard Hill; I must go watch this! Thank you!!!!

  3. Gentleman Tim

    September 1, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Great find, Ada. Later, post Modern Times, Pirate Party was sometimes coupled also with Robin Hood … Robin Hood of Eldorado, that is.


    In St. Louis for example:…

    • Gentleman Tim

      September 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Please triple-check me, Topper, but perhaps there was a showing even earlier in Utah, playing with “Ah Wilderness”, advertised here [in the Provo Daily Herald, page 7, bottom left advertisement] on January 10, 1936 ?…