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A Coney Island Princess
Director: Del Henderson (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Dec 1916
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Irene Fenwick (Tessie, also known as, Princess Zim-Zim)  
    Owen Moore (Pete Milholland)  
    Eva Francis (Alice Gardner)  
    Clifford B. Gray (Tony Graves)  
    William Bailey (Jan Kouver)  
    Kate Lester (Mrs. King)  
    Dora Mills Adams (Alice's mother)  
    Russell Bassett (Old Mooney)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Famous Players Film Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Del Henderson (Dir)
Photography: Lewis W. Physioc (Cam)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play The Princess Zim-Zim by Edward Sheldon (Albany, NY, 4 Dec 1911).
Authors: Edward Sheldon

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players Film Co. 29/11/1916 dd/mm/yyyy LP9636

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Comedy-drama
Subjects (Major): Class distinction
  Exotic dancers
  Upper classes
Subjects (Minor): Athletes
  New York City--Coney Island

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   16 Dec 16   p. 1345.
MPN   16 Dec 16   p. 3711.
MPW   16 Dec 16   p. 1655.
NYDM   9 Dec 16   p. 27.
Wid's   7 Dec 16   p. 1156.

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