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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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 »

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The girl-fox on the streetcar sits down, but the animators forgot to draw the bench. (In the next shot, she sits down again, but this time the bench is there.) 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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Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
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Music by Edward Elgar
Played as the cow marches off
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No, It's Not Mickey
10 June 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Foxy is running a train when he cheerfully agrees to take on a hippo who happens to be too large for his riding space. This event leads Foxy on a ride range of action. SMILE, DARN YA, SMILE! is an okay entry for the series. When the film started I'm sure many might mistake Foxy for Mickey Mouse because they share a lot of similarities and I think it's safe to say Merrie Melodies was ripping off Walt Disney with this character. For the most part this film is innocent enough, although there's certainly nothing here that really stands out or turns the film into a classic. The animation is a little crude but it works just fine to bring out the charm of Foxy.


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