This is an unusual post for us. It’s designed to be a kind of appendix to the talk I am giving at the Coney Island Museum today, Coney Island and the Movies. But if you weren’t at the talk, you may find it useful and enjoyable too! Just click on the links below to go the clip on Youtube (for as long as the clip remains available on Youtube.)
Shooting the Chutes, Sea Lion Park (1896, Edison)
Rube and Mandy at Coney Island (1903, Edison, directed by Edwin S. Porter)
The Electrocution of an Elephant (1903, Edison, depicts the execution of the rogue elephant Topsy at Luna Park) TRIGGER WARNING: This depicts just what is described.
Coney Island at Night (1905, Edison, directed by Edwin S. Porter)
Boarding School Girls at Coney Island (1905, Edison)
At Coney Island (1912), Mack Sennett and Mabel Norman cavort around Luna Park and Steeplechase in one of the very earliest Keystones, made only a year after the Dreamland fire. Ford Sterling tries to romance Mabel, but his wife turns out not to like the idea.
Coney Island (1917, starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and Al St. John against backdrop of the beach, the Surf Ave Mardi Gras Parade, and the rides at both amusement parks)
Ford Motor Company Footage of Luna Park, The Bowery etc, ca. 1918
Canned Thrills (Silent Pathe documentary, 1920s showing Steeplechase and Luna Park)
Harold Lloyd in Speedy (1928: 5 minute scene from a feature length silent film, where he brings his date to Luna Park)
Lonesome (1928), with Glenn Tryon and Barbara Kent, is also set at Coney Island (no clip)
Meet Me Down at Coney Isle (1930, Fox Movietone)
Let’s Go Coney Island! (British Pathe doc, 1932) Just two minutes, rides at Steeplechase, Human Cannonball at Luna Park)
Shorty at Coney Island (1936 Paramount short starring a chimp at Steeplechase)
Coney Island (Trailer for 1943 Fox film with Betty Grable, George Montgomery, Charles Winniger etc. Not shot on location; strictly studio sets)
Newsreel (before 1944, showing Steeplechase, Luna Park, independent rides (roller coasters), sideshows and the beach)
Coney Island, USA (1952, documentary)
The Clown (1953. Red Skelton drama has scenes at Steeplechase. No clip)
Imitation of Life 1959 (Douglas Sirk. Scene where Lana Turner and Juanita Moore meet is set at Coney Island in 1947. No clip.)
Carnival of Blood (1970, Low budget horror movie, especially good for coverage of games and dark rides)
Annie Hall (1977, Under the Tornado)
The Wiz (1978, part of Coney Island sequence, on the Cyclone)
Great raw news footage with Gabe Pressman following 1978 fire that destroyed the Tornado
Scene from The Warriors (1979)
Requiem for a Dream (2000, set in Brighton Beach, no clip)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005, pivotal scene on Coney Island beach, no clip)
Cloverfield (2008, great scene on the Wonder Wheel, no clip)
Also Brooklyn (2015), Mr. Roboto (2015 tv series), and the Woody Allen film Wonder Wheel (2017).
Also: Info about many more films from 1897 through 2004 at this link.