The crazy chase scene above is from the 1936 film “Strike Me Pink” starring Eddie Cantor. The scene was filmed at a Long Beach amusement park Queens Pike which operated in one form or another from 1902 until 1969 and was considered at the time to be the Coney Island of the West Coast. The park was also unofficially called “Silver Spray Pier” by some… Silver Spray Pier existed between 1915 and 1948 at the base of Cedar Avenue. The Jack Rabbit Racer was the original wooden roller coaster built on the pier and the Cyclone Racer featured in this film replaced it. The Cyclone Racer operated from Memorial Day 1930 until September 15th 1968 and can also be seen in the final scene of the movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” The coaster featured 4 trains, 5 cars per train, with the riders arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. I went to art school to avoid math though, so typing that just hurt my head. :)
Here’s an awesome audio recording of the rollercoaster in action (via Larry Osterhoudt at cycloneracer.com). Please be sure to put your hands in the air as you listen to it.