A comedy where they seem to have forgotten to include any laughs.
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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