Coney Island (1917 film)
French theatrical poster to Coney Island
|Directed by||Roscoe Arbuckle|
|Produced by||Joseph M. Schenck|
|Written by||Roscoe Arbuckle|
Al St. John
|Edited by||Herbert Warren|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The twenty-four minute film follows Arbuckle's antics at Coney Island, the New York City amusement park and beach resort, where he sneaks away from his wife to enjoy the attractions, gets a rival for another woman arrested, and disguises himself as a woman. The Keystone Kops are also featured.
Coney Island was filmed before Keaton had fully established his screen persona. Because of this, he employs a wide range of facial expressions, including mugging and laughing, differing drastically from his subsequent unsmiling, but still eloquent, expression.
Arbuckle breaks the fourth wall in one scene where, about to change his clothes, he directly looks at the camera and gestures for it to raise its view above his waist; the camera obligingly does so.
- Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle - Fatty
- Agnes Neilson - Fatty's wife
- Al St. John - Old friend of Fatty's wife
- Buster Keaton - Rival / cop with mustache
- Alice Mann - Pretty girl
- Joe Bordeaux - Sledgehammer Man / Cop (as Joe Bordeau)
- Jimmy Bryant
- Alice Lake
The film was shot on location at Coney Island, and prominently features many contemporary rides and attractions as venues for the slapstick action. These include The Witching Waves and Shoot-the-Chutes.