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Where's That Fire? (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  6 January 1940 (UK)
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A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Will Hay ...
Captain Benjamin Viking
Moore Marriott ...
Graham Moffatt ...
Peter Gawthorne ...
Fire Chief
Eric Clavering ...
Hank Sullivan
Hugh McDermott ...
Jim Baker
Charles Hawtrey ...
Woodley
Dave O'Toole ...
Postman
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A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Woodley: I say, what are you going to do with that pole.
Captain Viking: Well we were going to put it up in the fire station but if you don't push off...
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All the King's Horses
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Music by Noel Gay
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Fun, but far from their funniest
10 October 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Will Hay plays another Viking – Captain Viking, to be precise – in "Where's That Fire?", the rarest of the Will Hay-Graham Moffatt-Moore Marriott films thanks to rights problems, which has given it something of a mystique the film itself doesn't really deserve. The budget may be slightly higher but the formula is very much the same (albeit with fewer of Hay's verbal routines) and the plot is a virtual rerun of their finest hour, Ask a Policeman – a trio of incompetent firemen are threatened with the sack after failing to put out any fires only to vindicate themselves when crooks use their fire engine to try to steal the Crown Jewels. The trouble is that, while affection for the cast carries it along, it's definitely a case of one time too many to the well with the film never quite as funny as it could and should be. There's enough for the fans to make it worthwhile, but not really enough to make any new ones.


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