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W.S. Van Dyke
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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A small-town fireman and inventor with a whiz of a pitching arm suddenly finds himself signed to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rubber-faced comic Joe E. Brown dominates FIREMAN, SAVE MY CHILD, a very pleasant little film which examines the adventures of a small-town rube as he deals with the machinations of big city baseball & women. Brown's good-natured grin and physical comedy never fail to bring a laugh. Whether presiding over the immolation of a sauerkraut factory, calmly creating a conflagration in the office of a powerful business executive, or coolly surmounting the pitching mound in the final inning of a World Series game, Brown is always in firm control of the humor.
Evalyn Knapp as Brown's hometown sweetheart & Lilian Bond as the gold digger out to ruin him both play their parts well. Popular character actor Guy Kibbee keeps his particular plot pot boiling as the Cardinals' harried manager. Movie mavens will recognize OUR GANG's Dickie Moore, uncredited, as a young ball fan.
The film was given fine production values, with the fire fighting & baseball sequences both entertaining & believable. The title is a Melodrama catch-phrase; there are no children to be saved from fires in this movie.
This was the first of Brown's 'Baseball Trilogy' and was followed by ELMER, THE GREAT (1933) & ALIBI IKE (1935).
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