Director Reitman weaves together wonderful archival footage to tell the story, narrated by actor Peter Coyote, of Santa Catalina Island, off California's south coast. Interviews with historians, locals, and legends from Hollywood's past combine to show not only Hollywood's connection with the island but to depict Catalina as a bygone Shangri-la, which was acquired by William Wrigley Jr. in 1919. Such varied personalities as Jack LaLanne, Dick Dale, and Kathleen Quinlan wax poetic about the Avalon Casino Ballroom and how all the major Big Band performers played the island. The most impressive aspect of the film is that it does not dwell solely on Catalina as "the playground of the stars." The director uses stills and underwater photography to create a full picture of the importance of the natural-preserve quality of the island. The film ends with a look at modern-day Catalina and its allure as a leisure oasis. This film would serve as a commendable teaching aid, covering as it does history, science, sports, and entertainment in a factual and arresting way. Recommended for all libraries.-John Skrtic, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.