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Jimmy and Mabel Smith and their infant daughter Bubbles are visiting San Francisco. After getting off the boat, their first stop is a Chinatown restaurant, where they and by association ... See full summary »

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Raymond McKee ...
Jimmy Smith
Ruth Hiatt ...
Mabel Smith
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Bubbles Smith
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Lillian Saunders (as Carol Lombard)
Omar the Dog ...
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Jimmy and Mabel Smith and their infant daughter Bubbles are visiting San Francisco. After getting off the boat, their first stop is a Chinatown restaurant, where they and by association their fellow restaurant customers get into a few misadventures with the noodle dishes. The next stop is the horse show, where they get into more hijinx, first because of their dog Cap who is the size of a horse. But the biggest trouble may be specifically for Jimmy, as he wants to indulge Bubbles by buying her a pony, and doesn't want her or Mabel to know about it until they get back to Los Angeles. Overhearing Jimmy's conversation with the pony dealer, the beautiful Lillian Saunders, about the purchase, Mabel mistakenly believes that Jimmy is planning on running off with Lillian. That belief makes getting the pony home on the ship all that much more difficult for Jimmy. Written by Huggo

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14th release in 'The Smith Family' series of 2-reel comedies. See more »

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Charming if Slight Family Comedy Short
30 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SMITH'S PONY is a two reel comedy in Mack Sennett's The Smiths series, a silent era equivalent to a family sitcom with Raymond McKee as the hapless husband, Ruth Hiatt the forever suspicious wife, and four-year-old Mary Ann Jackson as the precocious toddler "Bubbles" (an odd name given little Mary Ann seems as dour as Ned Sparks). In this episode the Smiths and their giant dog take to sight-seeing in San Francisco. Mrs. Smith is so determined to keep tabs on her husband and he so often distracted by this and that, they frequently lose their kid! This is played for gags but in an era more conscious of the dangers of such neglect it's a little unsettling. While in San Francisco, Bubbles becomes infatuated with ponies prompting her father to buy one from beautiful young horsewoman Carole Lombard. Pops names the miniature pony "Lillian" after Lombard's character and decided to keep the purchase a secret for the time being from both wife and child which leads to more marital suspicions from the Mrs. via notes and phone calls over the transaction.

This comedy short is quite gentle, very atypical for a Sennett comedy but it does have slapstick touches in it. Little Mary Ann has as much to do here as anyone and she does it very well, clearly opening the door to her "Our Gang" stardom a few years later.


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