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Carl Harbaugh (scenario), Jefferson Moffitt (scenario) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Raymond McKee ... Jimmy Smith
Ruth Hiatt ... Mabel Smith
Mary Ann Jackson ... Bubbles Smith
Andy Clyde ... Uncle Bill Cootie
Irving Bacon ... Mabel's Father, Jimmy's Father-in-Law
Sunshine Hart ... Mabel's Mother, Jimmy's Mother-in-Law
Jack Cooper Jack Cooper ... Helpful Motorist
Irene Allen Irene Allen ... Magnolia - the Cook
Paralee Coleman Paralee Coleman ... Magnolia's Daughter
Spencer Bell Spencer Bell ... Magnolia's Husband
William McCall ... Traffic Cop
Roger Moore ... Motorist (as Joe Young)
Anna May the Elephant Anna May the Elephant ... Anna May
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Policeman (scenes deleted)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman (scenes deleted)


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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

24 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


27th release in 'The Smith Family' series of 2-reel comedies. See more »


Follows Smith's Picnic (1926) See more »

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A comedy where they seem to have forgotten to include any laughs.
30 July 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a family at home having a meal. The biggest laugh(?) involved some candles being substituted for asparagus and the hilarity(?) that resulted when the people and dog at them. Later, the decide to go to the rodeo but 1001 problems occur on the way there in the car.

This is a Mack Sennett comedy from the end of the silent era. While Sennett had been a very successful producer of comedies in the 1910s, by the late 20s, he had lost his studio and was a relatively minor player in the comedy world. After seeing films like THE RODEO, I could easily see why. The biggest problem with the film is that there were no laughs. In Sennett's earlier films, the comedies had only the broadest of outlines and actors just improvised. I am not sure if this was still the case in 1929, but it sure looked like it--with too many slow moments and situations that lacked punchlines. Additionally, all the old and established talent had left Sennett years earlier, so the film is left with very minor comics (such as Andy Clyde) and future minor stars (such as Mary Ann Jackson who gained some notoriety when when left to be in Hal Roach's "Our Gang").

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