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Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Fred Newmeyer (original version), Robert F. McGowan, Charles Parrot (supervisor)
Photography: Unrevealed
Editor: Thomas J. Crizer (presumed)
Titles: H. M. Walker, Tom McNamara (illustrator)
Writer: Hal Roach, Tom McNamara, Robert F. McGowan, Thomas J. Crizer (presumed), Leo McCarey (presumed)
Released: November 5, 1922
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Mary Jane's widowed mother keeps and runs the village store, but she faces not being able to pay her rent after a rival merchant opens a shop across the street. Using questionable methods, her rival lures her customers away from her, and the gang decides to lend a hand. They get the idea to smear a dog's (Bonzo) face with a cream pie to make him appear mad with rabies, and plant him at the rival's store entrance. Customers faint, are caught in a wheelchair, and wheeled to Mary Jane's mother's store. A mule kicks packages, and the drunk Emil, to the desired addresses. With all the pet animals in town, they stage such a show that the widow's business is restored, and her competitor seeks his fortune in a more peaceful town."
In the first part of the film there is a romantic triangle, with Jimmy trying to win Mary Jane's heart by staging a rescue of her doll. However, when walking hand-in-hand, she is smitten by Pat in his Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, and dumps Jimmy. His little brother Jackie, trailing behind them, advises him to dress better. Meanwhile, the gang comes to get Ernie, but his mother has hung literally all his clothes on a clothesline to dry, forcing him to pace the back yard in a barrel. When the gang arrives, he coaxes Dinah to get a dress from a nearby line, and then Ernie can leave with the gang. They confront Pat after seeing him steal Mary Jane away, with Mickey luring him into a yard where the rest of the gang closes the gate. However, Pat beats them all up, and impresses them so much they invite him to join the gang. Wanting to play bank robbers, Pat changes clothes with Ernie and some other gang members and lets Ernie cut his curls off. But when Pat sees Mary Jane, she is repulsed by his now tattered look. Seeing Jimmy stroll around the corner in a neat suit, hat and cane, she leaves with Jimmy. Ernie consoles Pat by telling him that all women can't be trusted and they shake hands.

Quotes:

  • "Huh! say, Jimmy, t'ain't what yer do wot counts - s'wot yer wear!" - Jackie
  • "Wimmin is all alike _ Y' can't trust 'em." - Ernie
  • "Let's get customers! We can't see Mary Jane starve - she ain't any too fat now." - Ernie
  • "Ah c'm on, 'Snowy!' We'll getcha some clothes." - Mickey
  • "How c'd I be a bank robber _ with these clothes an' curls?" - Pat
  • "I want my money or out you go _ an' you can both starve." - Mr. Jacobson

Notes/Trivia:

  • This short was originally filmed in January of 1922 and directed by Fred Newmeyer. However, Hal Roach was unhappy with this version, and recruited Robert F. McGowan to reshoot the film. So far, only footage from the second version of this film exists, while footage from the original is said to be lost.
  • No complete negatives or prints of this short are known to exist. Currently, only about half of this film exists.
  • This is the first appearance for Ernie Morrison, Jackie Condon and Mickey Daniels. They would be the only ones to continue significantly further into the series.
  • The idea of the Rascals luring customers away from a rival merchant was later used in The Ol' Gray Hoss and The Lucky Corner. The idea of the kids making a dog look as though he is rabid was later used in Your Own Back Yard and Love My Dog.
  • Non-original title cards refer to Mary Jane as "Flora" and her mother as "Mrs. Nickol," and the Merchant as "Mr. Jacobson."
  • This is the first film produced, but the third one to be shown to the public, with One Terrible Day and Fire Fighters being released first.

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