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Coney Island (1917)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  29 October 1917 (USA)
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Roscoe tries to dump his wife so he can enjoy the beach attractions. Buster arrives with Alice who is taken away from him by Al who loses her to Roscoe. Bathing beauties and Keystone Kops abound.

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A rotund young man and his wife are spending the day at the beach at Coney Island. Feeling restless and wanting to go to the amusements at Luna Park, he ditches his wife. At the amusement park, he meets a pretty young woman. She arrived at the amusement park with one man, went in with another who had money to pay her entrance, before she ends up spending much of the day with the rotund husband, who managed to get the second man arrested. As the husband and the pretty young woman get into one misadventure after another, the first two men try to win back the affection of the pretty young woman, while the wife goes searching for her husband. The wife and the second man, who are old friends, team up in their quest, which leads to further misadventure for all five and the police. Written by Huggo

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Trivia

One of the few films where Buster Keaton does not use his "Great Stoneface" persona. See more »

Goofs

The first title screen wrongly identifies Coney Island's Luna Park as 'Luma Park'. At 00:03:52 the entrance to Luna Park is clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

Fatty's wife: Who is that fat lady?
Rival: He ain't a lady, she's a man!
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Referenced in The Great Stone Face (1968) See more »

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Pretty Good, & Picks Up As It Goes Along
22 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short comedy starts a little slowly, but it picks up as it goes along, and it has some good material. The "Coney Island" location is interesting, and makes for a variety of settings and scenery. Some of the material is a bit routine, at least in the first half, but it gets better towards the middle, and it has a typical Arbuckle/Keaton manic finale.

The comic trio of Keaton, Arbuckle, and Al St. John work well together as usual, and together they pull off some creative gags, making even the implausible ones work all right because of their timing and teamwork. Their romantic rivalries can get pretty silly, but are still funny.

The cast and the story use the setting to good advantage, and while there is nothing brilliant about it, this is a pretty good short comedy, and it is worth seeing for any fan of silent comedies.


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