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Writers:
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Release Date:
3 December 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE FIRE BRIGADE ROARS INTO ACTION!
Plot:
Larry Baker is a young fireman whose daring exploits have led him to receiving a lot of newspaper publicity which goes to his head... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Norman Foster ... Larry Barker

Joyce Compton ... Mary

Robert Homans ... Tim
Aggie Herring ... Mother
Peter Warren ... Mickey

Jack Luden ... Ed Drake
Phil Kramer ... Snaps
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Baldra ... Singing Fireman (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)

Jack Kirk ... Singing Fireman (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Policeman (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Singing Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard B. Ray  (as Raymond K. Johnson)
 
Writing credits
Charles E. Roberts (story) (as C.E. Roberts) and
Ray Nazarro (story) (as Ray Nazzaro)

Homer King Gordon (screenplay)

Produced by
C.C. Burr .... producer
 
Cinematography by
James Diamond 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur A. Brooks  (as Arthur Brooks)
 
Art Direction by
Vin Taylor 
 
Production Management
Sam Katzman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Jeske .... assistant director
Ray Nazarro .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
 
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
56 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1795)

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This film is not DC Comics related like the 2016 film based on the same movie title.See more »
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When You and I Were Young, MaggieSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
If you've seen one, you've seen them all...., 19 June 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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