Baby Marie's Round-Up (1919)

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Baby Marie Osborne usually starred in features during the latter half of the 1910s, but occasionally the studio would release a two-reeler featuring its popular child star. Here, little Marie's co-star is Ernest "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, who played opposite her in over a dozen of her films. Never is the prejudice of the era more evident than in the reviews of the Baby Marie films -- although Morrison got raves and was clearly a major child talent in his own right, his name was never mentioned. Instead, he is always referred to as Little Black Sambo. That's the case here, in which Marie plays Marie Gordon, a poor little rich girl who finds her pampered life in the East boring. She convinces her father (Jack Connolly) to take her West to his ranch. There she makes friends with Morrison, a little boy who wears cowboy clothes and rides a burro. In the midst of their childish clowning around, Marie manages to help capture some cattle rustlers. It is interesting to note that while Baby Marie's career faded after the 1910s, Morrison went on to play in many Our Gang shorts and worked solidly for a couple of decades as an actor and entertainer. Before the end of his life, he was recognized as an important African-American film pioneer.