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Coney Island (1943)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy | 18 June 1943 (USA)
Set at the turn of the century, smooth talking con man Eddie Johnson weasels his way into a job at friend and rival Joe Rocco's Coney Island night spot. Eddie meets the club's star ... See full summary »

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Eddie Johnson
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Joe Rocco
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Finnigan
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Frankie
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William 'Willie' Hammerstein
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Louie
Leo Diamond ...
Solidaires Leader (as Leo Diamond and His Solidaires)
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Hal K. Dawson ...
Cashier (scenes deleted)
Bert Hanlon ...
Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
Sam Harris ...
Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
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Bartender (scenes deleted)
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Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
Matt McHugh ...
Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
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Set at the turn of the century, smooth talking con man Eddie Johnson weasels his way into a job at friend and rival Joe Rocco's Coney Island night spot. Eddie meets the club's star attraction (and Joe's love interest), Kate Farley, a brash singer with a penchant for flashy clothes. Eddie and Kate argue as he tries to soften her image. Eventually, Kate becomes the toast of Coney Island and the two fall in love. Joe then tries to sabotage their marriage plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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18 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'île aux plaisirs  »

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$1,620,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Betty Grable starred in this as well as its 1950 remake, Wabash Avenue (1950). See more »

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Remade as Wabash Avenue (1950) See more »

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Old Demon Rum
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Slick, colorful musical trifle with Grable and rest of cast in top form

This is a colorful musical bit of fluff, set in NY's beach community around the turn of the century. George Montgomery gives one of his best Gable-like performances as the con man who has his eye on Grable and wants to see her leave her hootch act to become a top Broadway headliner. They squabble, there are misunderstandings, double-crosses, but all comes right in the end. Although the Scoring was justly nominated for an Oscar, there should have been nods for the beautifully composed Technicolor cinematography and the lavish costume design as well (alack, the latter category didn't exist in 1943). Caesar Romero is the rival and Charles Winniger and Phil Silvers provide the comedy relief. There are only four songs but they are well done. This is a very enjoyable piece of fluff. One is surprised Montgomery didn't become a major star - he had the looks and the personality.


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