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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)

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A streetcar conductor has adventures with a would-be passenger hippo, a cow blocking the tracks, and a runaway train while he, his passengers, and some hobos sing the title song.

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Foxy is a streetcar driver who sings "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" as he drives along the tracks. Nearly everyone he encounters sings along: the hippo who can't fit into the car, the girl-fox who can, and the hobos on the side of the tracks. Even the characters on the billboards come to life and sing. Foxy's job is not without troubles. His first difficulty is the cow who blocks his way and refuses to move. Later, he's in more serious trouble when he loses control of the car, sending him and the girl-fox careening down the tracks at top speed. Written by J. Spurlin

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5 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the scene where Foxy was trying to push a hippo into the streetcar, which is clearly too small for her, she starts mumbling in gibberish. It's actually a backwards track and when played in reverse, she's clearly saying "Susie heard one of those Atlantic bells! Whataya think?" See more »

Goofs

The first shot of the hobos shows a pot with a fire going underneath. In the next shot of the hobos (from the same angle), the pot is missing, leaving an empty space on the right side of the screen. In the third shot, the pot is back, but there's no fire underneath (even though a hobo tells the singing chicken inside to "boil, darn ya, boil"). See more »

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[first lines]
Foxy: [singing] Smile, darn ya, smile! / Smile, darn ya, smile! / Come on and smile, darn ya, smile!
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References Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930) See more »

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The Year of Jubilo
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Traditional
Played when the streetcar happens upon a cow
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who framed Foxy
13 November 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

If the title sounds familiar, it's because you probably heard it in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit": the citizens of Toontown sing it. Obviously, the cartoon "Smile, Darn Ya Smile!" came out over half a century before "WFRR".

Despite the limited plot, this relic of the early days of Warner Bros. animation contains something that would occur several times in WB cartons over the next fifteen years: inanimate objects come to life. Some advertisements on the side of the train driven by Foxy perform some small skits. Inanimate objects also came to life in "Little Dutch Plate", "Speaking of the Weather", "You're an Education", "Have You Got Any Castles?" and "Book Revue" (after which they didn't portray it again).

Worth seeing.


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