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The Fireman (1916)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  12 June 1916 (USA)
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Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

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Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie who rouses the force. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Insurance scheme in 1916!
26 May 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Charlie is a fireman in Eric Campbell's brigade. In the beginning, he oversleeps the alarm bells and therefor is kicked in the ass about a dozen times... I don't know why, but that still cracks me up.

Later on a man is bribing the foreman (with his daughter!) to let his house burn, because he can use the insurance money. But when his place is lit, his own daughter is still in the house! Leave it up to Charlie to save her.

Watch out for the scene where Charlie climbs the house to actually rescue the girl... amazing stuff.

On the whole: pretty good Chaplin classic, not among the very best, but still loads of fun. 7/10.


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