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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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The Roller Coaster (Galop)
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
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"Morning Mr. Tonks how's the foot?"
1 May 2006 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I was there on 11th June 1975 watching this broadcast on TV (and at prime time) for the first time after decades being a lost film. It's so good you can only marvel at the carelessness that must have been involved, Will Hay was one of the most popular British comedians of the time and yet could still be treated with such disdain.

It's another retread of the sublime Oh, Mr. Porter and even used the same sets as Ask a Policeman, this time Hay, Moffat & Marriott are firemen in a ramshackle fire station in rundown Bishop's Wallop. The idea is to modernise things and Hay is also looking for ingredient X to put into his revolutionary foam formula, but a gang of thieves get in the way. The scenes involving moving the station pole have to be the best, relentlessly hilarious and ridiculous stuff and an improvement on a similar scene in Jack's The Boy seven years previously. Climbing the walls of the Tower of London with Percy the horse was another classic bit, the slapstick climax giving way to a breathtaking and poignant exit from the three.

The one-liners between the three are fast and furious, their 6th and last film together - Hay moved on afterwards leaving Moffat & Marriott to sidekick for others. Of course not up to Porter's standards Fire is still a very funny family British pre-War b&w film.


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