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Suicide Squad (1935)

Larry Baker is a young fireman whose daring exploits have led him to receiving a lot of newspaper publicity which goes to his head. His sweetheart, Mary O'Connor, and fire-department ... See full summary »

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Larry Baker is a young fireman whose daring exploits have led him to receiving a lot of newspaper publicity which goes to his head. His sweetheart, Mary O'Connor, and fire-department friends begin to shun him as they think he is just a publicity hound. But a daring rescue of Mary and her younger brother, Mickey, from a blazing inferno shows him to be more than just a publicity-chaser and, now, a real hero to all. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE FIRE BRIGADE ROARS INTO ACTION!

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If you've seen one, you've seen them all....
19 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1920s and early 30s, William Haines made a ton of movies with essentially the same plot. The formula went like this: A braggart manages to do well, for a while, because he's very talented. However, along the way, whatever team he's on (such as the marines, a college team or the like) grows to hate him because he is so full of himself. Eventually, this attitude results in him committing some horrible infraction and he's ruined on the team. Then, near the end, something comes out of nowhere and the guy manages to save the day—proving he's learned his lesson about teamwork. And, in the final scene, all is forgiven and he's back on the team. While the ratings on IMDb are not bad for his films, I suspect some of the high ratings are because the folks reviewing the films hadn't seen his MANY other extremely similar films. If they had, I can't believe they would have gotten such high scores.

Although "Suicide Squad" is not one of Haines' films, it is essentially his in every other way. In this case, Norman Foster plays the obnoxious braggart and after pushing Mary's father very hard to join the Rescue Squad, he spends all his time aggrandizing himself at the expense of the fire company. At first, this pays off very well when he foils a robbery. However, eventually it results in a serious near-tragedy because he was more busy posing for the camera than doing his job. Then, when another incident occurs and the company THINKS he was once again grandstanding, he quits the force—only to save the day and win the girl.

The film IS entertaining and is a lower budget version of the same old formula. If you've never seen this sort of thing, by all means watch. But, it isn't very good when you consider it has no originality whatsoever to it and the leading character is amazingly obnoxious and unlikable.


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