Picturing the experiences of Cohen, his wife and the little Cohens on a holiday trip to Coney Island. They visit Steeplechase. Dreamland, Luna Park, and, in fact, take in all of the ... See full summary »

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Picturing the experiences of Cohen, his wife and the little Cohens on a holiday trip to Coney Island. They visit Steeplechase. Dreamland, Luna Park, and, in fact, take in all of the interesting sights of the pleasure centers; the roulette wheel, soup bowl, shooting the chutes, take a ride on the camel, see the Salome dance, and wind up the day with a plunge in the ocean. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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23 March 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with Cohen's Dream (1909). See more »

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Brimful of laughter from start to finish
7 January 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

We have no hesitation in singling out "Cohen" as one of the finest pieces of comedy work put out by the Vitagraph Company. It is brimful of laughter from start to finish. Cohen's spouse and his friends have a day at Coney Island and their adventures as shown in the picture are of a side-splitting nature. They are so bewilderingly comic that they beggar description. Moreover, with all this pleasant fooling, it is so unforced and the pictures were so well taken that the film is one hardly ever likely to pall an audience. On the particular afternoon when we saw it, it came as a positive relief to the entertainment, and, as we have said, was generously applauded by the audience. Then the best of it all comes last. Cohen and his spouse, after the day's doings, retire to rest. Then Cohen dreams a dream of the wonderful things that might have happened to him at Coney Island, but did not. Finally the escaped animals from Mr. Bostock's menagerie chase Cohen off the Island and are shown gathered around his bed. Poor Cohen wakes from the dreadful vision in great fright. Fortunately it was all a horrid dream, so he and his wife solace themselves with refreshment: and so, as it were, the curtain falls on as funny a piece of film making as we have seen in the whole of our experience. We think the Vitagraph Company should know how extremely popular Cohen is. It might encourage them to give us more Cohen adventures not necessarily on the Island, but in other fields where the ludicrous and the absurd afford a welcome relief to the drab monotony of daily life. – The Moving Picture World, October 9, 1909


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