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Coney Island (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 18 June 1943 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writer:

George Seaton (original screen play by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Kate Farley
George Montgomery ... Eddie Johnson
Cesar Romero ... Joe Rocco
Charles Winninger ... Finnigan
Phil Silvers ... Frankie
Matt Briggs ... William 'Willie' Hammerstein
Paul Hurst ... Louie
Leo Diamond Leo Diamond ... Solidaires Leader (as Leo Diamond and His Solidaires)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Cashier (scenes deleted)
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
Sam Harris Sam Harris ... Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
Bud Jamison ... Bartender (scenes deleted)
George Lloyd ... Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Saloon Patron (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'île aux plaisirs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,620,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable starred in this as well as its 1950 remake, Wabash Avenue (1950). See more »

Goofs

The characters speak as if Brooklyn is some distance away from Coney Island, one saying that he will get some men from Brooklyn, another referring to relatives out in Brooklyn. However, Coney Island is in Brooklyn. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

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Winter, Winter
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Betty Grable and chorus
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Hokey and a tad offensive
9 December 2006 | by moonkoilSee all my reviews

Was very shocked 15 seconds into the film to see a character in blackface. Later there is an entire musical number in blackface. Lastly, the grand finale has a number in blackface as well. Is it just a sign of the times the film was made in? I guess. Do I have to celebrate it, or recommend it? No, I don't and no, I can't.

I would allow that it works as a historical document, of sorts. Of a kind of entertainment that was wiped out by rock'n'roll. Cesar Romero delivers his usual classy, excellent performance. The leading lady was unfortunately portrayed as dumb enough to be manipulated at every turn, a mere chit in the 2 guys' competitive rivalry.


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