This silent film, likely from the 1940s (possibly late 1930s) shows viewers the highlights of Atlantic City. The film opens with an aerial shot of Atlantic City with its famous beach and board walk. Viewers see people enjoying the sun and sand on the beach. People line the street for the Miss America Pageant parade (01:05). Women pose on the Miss Atlantic City float. Various people march, including people in Native American dress and Atlantic City Mummers. Viewers see an AFL float. The contestants pose for a photographer. Beachgoers sunbathe on the beach with the pier and Ferris wheel in the background (02:20). Three women show off their bathing suits. Men push visitors in carts down the boardwalk. A shot from a moving car shows some of the large houses in Atlantic City (02:57). Men play golf, people sail small boats, and crowds gather to watch the parade of horses before the horserace. At the racetrack, the horses take off, running around the rack (03:58). A boat named Julia C leaves a dock (04:22). Tourists ride out in observation boats to get a view of Atlantic City from the water. People mill around the entrance to the Steel Pier (04:58). Children ride on a carousel; other people ride the Ferris Wheel and another ride. A girl enjoys cotton candy. Several people head out on a charter boat for deep sea fishing. The woman’s line catches and she reels in a fish (05:56). On shore, men cast lures out into the waves and reel in the lines. Children swim in a swimming pool. There are shots of the neon signs of Atlantic City’s various businesses. Viewers see a variety show performance on ice (07:30). Beachgoers beat the heat with shaded bungalows. The film concludes with a group of young men and women running down the beach to the surf.
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December 25, 2021 Subject:
A view of the dark past in 1951 Atlantic City
Everything wrong with this film:
I'd never expect a 1930's film having an original 1950s musical score, unless of course, it was actually filmed in 1951.
This shows the dark reality of American society not too long ago by historical standards, (just 70 years ago in 2021).
It seems life was good in Atlantic City as long as you was white because the only black people (All 11 of them!) seen here among the hundreds of people shown in the film are portrayed as servants and service providers at:
All in all a nice example of 1950s segregated America if we look at it with a keen eye.
If this was a modern Hollywood production depicting 1950's life style in America we'd be seeing lots of black people enjoying the beach resort and mingling with white people, but here we see none! Zero! Zilch!
Present day Hollywood productions don't dare to portray the past as it was, they always include black people as if they had had the same privileges of white Americans back in the day, I find that ridiculous, Hollywood actually went as far as auto correct itself with the new version of the Magnificent 7 including an Asian and a Mexican bandido, it can't get more ridiculous that that, thanks to these jewels we can see into the past like it really was and for that alone this one deserves 5 stars!