A Coney Island Princess (1916)

Comedy-drama | 4 December 1916

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HISTORY

The Jan 1917 Film Fun identified the Coney Island beach resort of Brooklyn, NY, as a filming location. According to the 9 Dec 1916 Motography, The production marked the first Famous Players Film Co. release to star renowned stage actress Irene Fenwick.
       A Coney Island Princess opened 4 Dec 1916 to mixed reviews. Although critics were impressed with Fenwick’s performance, some found the comical interludes disappointing, as they did the unhappy ending. Several considered the film below the standards of Famous Players productions. The 16 Dec 1916 Motion Picture News predicted that Fenwick had a bright future with the company. Her screen career ended in 1917.
       In a letter to the 30 Dec 1916 Motography, exhibitor M. J. Weil revealed that he drew a larger audience by advertising lead actor Owen Moore as the husband of film icon Mary ... More Less

The Jan 1917 Film Fun identified the Coney Island beach resort of Brooklyn, NY, as a filming location. According to the 9 Dec 1916 Motography, The production marked the first Famous Players Film Co. release to star renowned stage actress Irene Fenwick.
       A Coney Island Princess opened 4 Dec 1916 to mixed reviews. Although critics were impressed with Fenwick’s performance, some found the comical interludes disappointing, as they did the unhappy ending. Several considered the film below the standards of Famous Players productions. The 16 Dec 1916 Motion Picture News predicted that Fenwick had a bright future with the company. Her screen career ended in 1917.
       In a letter to the 30 Dec 1916 Motography, exhibitor M. J. Weil revealed that he drew a larger audience by advertising lead actor Owen Moore as the husband of film icon Mary Pickford.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Film Fun
Jan 1917
p. 39
Motion Picture News
16 Dec 1916
p. 3863, 3711
Motography
9 Dec 1916
p. 1294
Motography
16 Dec 1916
p. 1345, 1352
Motography
30 Dec 1916
p. 1409
Moving Picture World
16 Dec 1916
p. 1655
NYDM
9 Dec 1916
p. 27
Photo-Play Journal
Jan 1917
p. 18, 19
Wid's Daily
7 Dec 1916
p. 1156
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Princess Zim-Zim by Edward Sheldon (Albany, NY, 4 Dec 1911).
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 December 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players Film Co.
Copyright Date:
29 November 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9636
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Socialite Alice Gardner ends her engagement to wealthy sportsman Pete Milholland after he shows up drunk for a polo match. Despondent, Pete goes slumming at Coney Island where he falls in love with Tessie, an exotic dancer whose stage name is Princess Zim-Zim. Pete brings Tessie home with him, and the entire upper crust is shocked by the romance. Pete is determined to marry her, though, largely because he has learned that Alice has become engaged to Tony Graves. When the former lovers meet accidentally, however, Alice tells Pete that she and Tony have made no plans. Pete embraces her, then Tessie walks in on the sweetheart's reunion. Forcing herself to lie, Tessie claims that she never loved Pete and frees him of any obligation to her so that he can marry ... +


Socialite Alice Gardner ends her engagement to wealthy sportsman Pete Milholland after he shows up drunk for a polo match. Despondent, Pete goes slumming at Coney Island where he falls in love with Tessie, an exotic dancer whose stage name is Princess Zim-Zim. Pete brings Tessie home with him, and the entire upper crust is shocked by the romance. Pete is determined to marry her, though, largely because he has learned that Alice has become engaged to Tony Graves. When the former lovers meet accidentally, however, Alice tells Pete that she and Tony have made no plans. Pete embraces her, then Tessie walks in on the sweetheart's reunion. Forcing herself to lie, Tessie claims that she never loved Pete and frees him of any obligation to her so that he can marry Alice. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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