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Joe Grant is an inventor, fireman and baseball player in his small home town. He gets an offer to play in a big team, he hopes to get more money for his inventions. But he is invited to present his invention to a fire-extinguisher company at the same time when he is supposed to play. Will he be able to show the effectiveness of his invention and win the game ? Written by
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Joe E. Brown could be a very funny guy, but you had to appreciate his particular brand of humor. He got a lot of mileage out of playing cocksure hayseeds, which he does here. There are always some visual jokes but normally you had to keep your eye on him and listen for his mid-western cornball replies, which varied in the degree of jocularity.
But this was the early 1930's, and this type of comedy would not work on today's audiences. Most of the situations take too long to develop and his sense of humor is too droll for modern times, in the same way you could not make, for instance, "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" nowadays. Modern moviegoers would rather see Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey.
"Fireman, Save My Child" is worth seeing if you can remember Joe E. Brown and savor his goofy, good-natured style. There are some good, funny moments embedded in a forgettable tale about a fireman-inventor who plays baseball. But if you don't remember him you might as well forget this picture.
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