6.4/10
989
13 user 7 critic

Coney Island (1917)

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.

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Out West (1918)
Short | Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A satire of western movies. Roscoe comes into town after riding the rails. The saloon has a trap door over a pit where bodies are tossed as they are shot. A black patron is taunted and shot... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Roscoe, his wife and his mother-in-law run a seaside resort. Buster plays a gardener who puts out a fire started by Roscoe, then a delivery boy who fights with the cook St. John, then a cop.

Directors: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Oh Doctor! (1917)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Roscoe is a doctor who falls in love with a pretty woman whose boyfriend, in turn, falls in love with Roscoe's wife's jewelry.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Back Stage (1919)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Roscoe and Buster are working at a vaudeville house. When the crew attacks the strongman for bullying his assistant, the man goes out on strike so the crew puts on a show. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In a drugstore Al and Roscoe are rivals for Alice. Roscoe slings melons and operates the gas pump. Buster delivers a wedding gown for Alice, begins modeling it, is mistaken for Alice and is kidnapped by Al.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
The Garage (1920)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone
The Bell Boy (1918)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At the Elk's Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a ... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Go West (1925)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Roscoe's wife wants him committed to the No Hope Sanitarium for a cure from drink. He is greeted by blood spattered, cleaver-wielding Buster and a barely clad female patient. He eats a thermometer and must be rushed into surgery.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Moonshine (1918)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A feud between the Owens and the Gillettes ends when the last remaining Gillette is killed, but new trouble erupts for the mountain folk with the arrival of a U.S. revenue agent and his ... See full summary »

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
The Cook (1918)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Cooks make hovoc in seaside resort hotel.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatty at Coney Island  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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: Put this man in the same cell with me.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It all circles back to the founding fathers
21 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roscoe Arbuckle is famous for not only acting in numerous different silent shorts and feature films, but also known for coaching the legendary comedy pioneer Buster Keaton through the basics of filmmaking. Arbuckle and Keaton were longstanding partners in an industry so young in comparison to other industries, such as music and art, and developed a personal relationship, despite Keaton achieving much more global success than Arbuckle. Arbuckle, known by his nickname "Fatty," went on to make and star in dozens of short films, one of them known as Coney Island in 1917, in one of the first projects where an actor and director assumed most of the creative control involved with the project, being fully trusted by Paramount Pictures to make a competent and fun short that would please an eager crowd.

The short follows Arbuckle at Coney Island, a popular amusement park and beach resort, where he escapes he drudgery of hanging with his nagging wife to embrace the atmosphere. Arbuckle has one of the most eventful days on record, as he gets a woman arrested, dresses up like a woman (in arguably the first crossdressing scene in film history), and gets wrapped up in many a convoluted scenario, alongside not only Keaton but the other famous, silent-era duo of the Keystone Kops.

There isn't much to discuss with Coney Island other than its hilarious pacing and amusingly active Arbuckle who, despite his weight, has no trouble moving around and adjusting to the frantic outline of his own short. Paired alongside Keaton, whom at this time was relatively unknown, the two can almost do no wrong together, and we can see how Keaton took after Arbuckle in terms of his "do all" attitude when it came to acting and directing. Furthermore, there's a pleasant wraparound moral at the end of the feature, basically solidifying the idea that friends come before any kind of love interest, a message still brought forth today in the presence of many young individuals. If there's one amazing and satisfying gift of revisiting these old silent classics it's that they provide us with a showcase that personal ideology and original filmmaking styles all circle back to their appropriate ancestry.

Starring: Roscoe Arbuckle, Agnes Neilson, Al St. John, and Buster Keaton. Directed by: Roscoe Arbuckle.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Buster's backflip Chrissie
Witching Waves ride kelkyl
The Baby richangelo-544-838631
Discuss Coney Island (1917) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page