Coney Island (1943 film)

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Coney Island
Original film poster
Directed byWalter Lang
Written byGeorge Seaton
Produced byWilliam Perlberg
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byRobert Simpson
Music byOriginal music:
Ralph Rainger
Non original music:
Otto Harbach
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
June 11, 1943 (1943-06-11)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.62 million
Box office$3,305,000 (US rentals)[1]

Coney Island is a 1943 American Technicolor musical film released by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Betty Grable in one of her biggest hits. A "gay nineties" musical (set in that time period) it also featured George Montgomery, Cesar Romero, and Phil Silvers, was choreographed by Hermes Pan, and was directed by Walter Lang. Betty Grable also starred in the 1950 remake, Wabash Avenue.

In 1944, the year after the film was released, it was nominated for an Oscar for Alfred Newman in the category of Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

The film is also known as: Coney Island in Sweden, L'île aux plaisirs in France, L'isola delle sirene in Italy, San oneiro in Greece, Se necesitan maridos in Spain and Tivolin kaunotar in Finland.



  • "Take It from There"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "Beautiful Coney Island"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "Miss Lulu from Louisville"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "Get the Money"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "There's Danger in a Dance"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "Old Demon Rum"
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
  • "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)"
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Junie McCree
  • "Cuddle Up a Little Closer"
Words by Otto A. Harbach (as O.A. Hauerbach)
Music by Karl Hoschna (as Karl L. Hoschna)
  • "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff Jr.
  • "Pretty Baby"
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
  • "The Darktown Strutters' Ball"
Written by Shelton Brooks

Radio adaptations[edit]

Coney Island was twice presented as a one-hour adaptation on Lux Radio Theatre. On April 17, 1944 Dorothy Lamour and Alan Ladd played the leads.[2] Then on September 30, 1946 Grable reprised her screen role, joined by Victor Mature and Barry Sullivan.[3]


  1. ^ "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990.
  2. ^ "Monday Selections". Toledo Blade (Ohio). 1944-04-17. p. 4 (Peach Section). Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  3. ^ "Lux Star". Harrisburg Telegraph. September 28, 1946. p. 19. Retrieved October 5, 2015 – via open access

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