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Release Date:
11 February 1929 (UK) See more »
With All the Glamor and Glitter of CONEY ISLAND That Millions Everywhere Are Always Eager To See See more »
Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Barbara Kent ... Mary
Glenn Tryon ... Jim
Fay Holderness ... Overdressed Woman on Roller Coaster
Gusztáv Pártos ... Romantic Gentleman on Roller Coaster (as Gustav Partos)
Eddie Phillips ... Sportive Gentleman on Bus

Andy Devine ... Jim's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Dearing ... Cop (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Telephone Caller (uncredited)
Fred Esmelton ... Swami (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Barker (uncredited)
Churchill Ross ... Telephone Caller (uncredited)

Directed by
Pál Fejös  (as Paul Fejos)
Writing credits
Mann Page (story)

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (adaptation)

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (scenario) and
Tom Reed (scenario)

Tom Reed (titles)

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... supervising producer
Oskar Schubert-Stevens .... supervising producer (german version)
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton 
Film Editing by
Frank Atkinson 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
Music Department
Joseph Cherniavsky .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Solitude" - , USA (working title)
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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences) | Silent
Portugal:17 (director's cut) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A lost masterpiece?, 25 April 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

This film is outstanding.

A man and woman leave their respective rented rooms for work. He's a "punch presser"; she's a switchboard operator. After work, neither one feels up to joining friends; they just feel too ... single. But they both head to Coney Island. They meet, fall in love, get separated, return home distressed. A plot that simple, even clichéd, does not appear to hold much promise.

But the energy! The pacing is so frenetic. There's constant movement on camera, clocks ticking, crowds scurrying, throngs crushing, machines stamping, carnivals, streamers, roller coaster rides. Moments of relative calm come when the lovers are together.

The thrilling impersonality of the urban maelstrom has hardly been better depicted. I came away thinking it was one of the best things I've seen.

If you've seen "The Devil and Miss Jones", the Jean Arthur / Robert Cummings comedy from 1941, then you can't help but remember the Coney Island beach scene where everyone is packed in together with barely room to move.

Well, this film has a scene just like that one. In fact, the greater part of the film is that way. You're never so alone as when you're in a crowd. These scenes are funny, but they do make their point.

I saw a restored print of "Solitude" (as it was titled) with colour tinting and three sound sequences, courtesy of Cinematheque Ontario. The sound segments are just awful, so typical of the very earliest sound, but perhaps they're a blessing in disguise. The extraordinary quality of the silent film is spotlighted by the awkwardness of these three brief scenes: Jim and Mary on the beach, Jim and Mary near the midway, Jim at the police station.

The ultimate restoration of this elusive marvel would make the film silent throughout, liberating it from the stylistic cacophony of the stilted sound sequences.

Neither lead performer, Barbara Kent nor Glenn Tryon, was known to me previously. (Andy Devine is plainly recognizable however.) It seems that Tryon later became the producer of "Hellzapoppin" and "Hold That Ghost". He also holds the only acting credit for a film that anyone at all seems to have seen, "Variety Girl" from 1947. To me, Barbara Kent resembles Paulette Goddard somewhat, while Glenn Tryon looks like a brother to Don DeFore and Bob Cummings.

The screening I attended was the Toronto première of the restoration. Let's hope it now becomes more widely available.

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