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 <>

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You'll LAUGH! You'll SING! You'll THROB! All This and GRABLE Too! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - October 17, 1943) See more »


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Betty Grable's dance partner during the "Danger in a Dance" number was choreographer Hermes Pan. 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 »


Frankie: After all, what are rich people? Poor people with money!
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Remade as Wabash Avenue (1950) See more »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
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One of my favorite Betty Grable musicals...
24 February 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

CONEY ISLAND was such a successful Fox musical that seven years later it was turned into another starring vehicle for Grable called WABASH AVENUE. It's a breezy turn-of-the-century show biz tale about two Coney Island hucksters and the tricks they play on each other to win patrons at their establishments.

Betty is the brassy singer with the garish costumes and exaggerated singing/dancing style that Montgomery has to tone down by tying her to a prop so she can't move but has to deliver her ballad ("Cuddle Up A Little Closer") without gyrating all over the stage. Naturally, the love/hate relationship blooms into romance with Grable and Montgomery making a pleasing match as a team.

Lost of comedy relief from PHIL SILVERS and CHARLES WINNINGER, some nice song and dance numbers for Grable, and the whole backstage story is easy to take, the usual misunderstandings and schemes backfiring before the fadeout to a happy ending.

For BETTY GRABLE's fans, this one has to be rated one of her best.

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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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