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Coney Island (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 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 »


Walter Lang


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





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)


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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RAGTIME RHYTHMS! TOPS IN ENTERTAINMENT! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 22, 1944 - all caps)


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Did You Know?


At the time they made this film together, both Betty Grable and George Montgomery were on the ascendant and both under contract to 20th Century-Fox. Within a year, Grable rose to the #1 position on the Top Ten Box Office Stars list, while Montgomery would eventually catch on as a leading man, but in Westerns rather than musicals. Both would enjoy successful careers for decades to come. See more »


When one in NYC refers to "Brooklyn" especially in the late 19th century, they are referring to downtown Brooklyn, just off the Brooklyn Bridge. In New York City, the boroughs are made of small towns, so when they talk of where a New Yorker is from, they say "Flushing" or Brighton Beach" etc. So the character referring to Brooklyn as implying being far, it is a typical New Yorker way, and the area they speak of is about 10 miles, pretty far for horse and buggy or steam train. See more »


Joe Rocco: [after his wedding proposal has been rejected] Honey, there's no figuring these things - You look at a guy and you either get heartburn, or you don't!
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Remade as Wabash Avenue (1950) See more »


By Ernesto Nazareth
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This is THE Betty Grable movie to see...
15 September 1998 | by Richard-23See all my reviews

...this movie has everything that everyone expects of Betty Grable every time. It is bright and colorful and silly and funny and loads of fun. Betty, (ever the independent and employed woman) is working as an entertainer in an odd little dive. Well, a friend of the owners does what we would now call a corporate take-over--and then he does a make-over on Betty and she becomes a big musical comedy star--but wait--it is more complicated than that! See this and you will understand why Betty Grable was loved at the box office for so long. She is wonderful.

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Release Date:

18 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coney Island See more »


Box Office


$1,620,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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