Coney Island (1917)

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“Coney Island” is a 1917 silent comedy film directed by Roscoe Arbuckle and starring Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Al St. John. The film is set at the famous Coney Island amusement park in New York, and follows the antics of a group of characters who work and play there.

Arbuckle plays a bumbling waiter named Fatty who has a crush on a beautiful dancer named Mabel (Normand). Mabel is also pursued by a wealthy playboy named Larry (St. John), who competes with Fatty for her affections.

As the story unfolds, the characters become embroiled in a series of humorous misadventures, including mistaken identities, pranks, and a wild ride on a rollercoaster. Along the way, they encounter a colorful cast of supporting characters, including a strongman, a fortune teller, and a pickpocket.

“Coney Island” is known for its slapstick humor and fast-paced action, as well as the chemistry between Arbuckle and Normand, who were frequent collaborators in silent comedy. The film is also notable for its early use of location shooting and its depiction of the vibrant culture and atmosphere of Coney Island during the early 20th century.

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Joe Bordeaux

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