Coney Island

The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn't deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable's chassis and legs - in color.

With:
Betty Grable George Montgomery Cesar Romero Phil Silvers Charles Winninger

The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color.

Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors were inevitable in view of the fact that Grable is either dancing or singing, or both, in much of the running time. Remainder is taken up by a flash of the Coney Island midway and to sustain an oft-told story about two pals after the same girl.

Only in one musical number is Grable a boff, and that’s her brownskin take-off of ‘Miss Lulu from Louisville’, a pictorial review of derriere exercising. Her other Robin-Rainger songs are ‘Take It from There’, ‘Beautiful Coney Island’ and ‘There’s Danger in a Dancer’, latter given one of those out-of-this-world-except-in-Hollywood mammoth productions. None of the tunes is distinguished.

Coney Island

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Walter Lang; Producer William Perlberg; Screenplay George Seaton; Camera Ernest Palmer; Editor Herbert Simpson

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Betty Grable George Montgomery Cesar Romero Phil Silvers Charles Winninger

More Film

  • 12 of the Craziest 'Star Wars:

    12 of the Craziest 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Fan Theories

    The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color. Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors […]

  • Laura Dern Red Carpet fashion Moments

    Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks

    The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color. Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors […]

  • Genndy Tartakovsky Animator

    TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

    The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color. Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors […]

  • From 'Lego Batman' to 'Ferdinand' to

    From 'Lego Batman' to 'Ferdinand' to 'Boss Baby,' These Actors Inspire the Animators

    The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color. Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors […]

  • Rose (ALLISON WILLIAMS) connects with boyfriend

    Jordan Peele Praises His 'Get Out' Below the Line Crew

    The true Coney Island, corny, bawdy and brash, evidently wasn’t deemed sufficiently colorful for George Seaton, scripter of this film, so he just hung the title on what amounts to a 95-minute audition of Betty Grable’s chassis and legs – in color. Slowness marks the story all the way; also sameness. Both these negative factors […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content