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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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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 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy's Chowder
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Words & Music by George L. Giefer
Performed by Charles Winninger, Phil Silvers, George Montgomery and Frank Orth; reprised by Winneger at the piano.
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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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