The firemen like playing cards so much that they ignore the fire alarm. Edison invents a pulley system that yanks out their chairs when the alarm sounds.



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Edison Bugg
The Fire Chief (as Babe Hardy)


The chief of the Tyretown Fire Department has a bunch of pinochle players for a crew; they get so much interested in the game that he has to go up and remind them that the alarm has been sounded. Edison Bugg gets an idea. He rigs up a counterweight and ropes all the chairs. When he presses a button the counterweight is released and the chairs are jerked from under the pinochle players. It works fine and Edison gets his sweetheart to bring her friends down to see it perform. She comes with a whole bunch of girls. The other firemen find out and poor Edison is crowded into the discard, even with Rose. The iron enters his soul. He presses the button. Coming on the scene of chaos they pounce on him and beat him up, but there is an interruption. The chief has been smoking under the counterweight. They go to his rescue and once more Edison gets his reward. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short





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1 July 1916 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Under a Barrel (1916). See more »

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The 24 Year Old Oliver Hardy
29 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In the year when Charles Chaplin signed up with Mutual Films to write, direct, produce and act in his own two reelers, Oliver Hardy earned his living by acting in one reelers such as 'Edison Bugg's Invention'. He would have to wait until 1927 when he teamed up with Stan Laurel in the silent classic short film, 'You're Darn Tootin', before he would receive the same level of fame as Chaplin.

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