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Fireman Save My Child (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 May 1954 (USA)
An intended film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that ened up with Hugh O'Brian (a performer who was often funny, but not on purpose) and Buddy Hackett in the A&C roles, with most of the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spike Jones ...
Lt. 'Mac' McGinty
Spike Jones and His City Slickers ...
Firemen (as Spike Jones' City Slickers)
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Smitty
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Smokey Hinkle
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Harry's Wife
Tom Brown ...
Capt. Bill Peters
Harry Cheshire ...
Commissioner Spencer
George Cleveland ...
Chief Rorty
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Tucker
John Cliff ...
Crane
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Mayor
Henry Kulky ...
Harry
Madge Blake ...
Mrs. Spencer - Fire Commissioner's Wife
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An intended film for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that ened up with Hugh O'Brian (a performer who was often funny, but not on purpose) and Buddy Hackett in the A&C roles, with most of the footage given over to Spike Jones and His City Slickers, with all hands members of a 1910 fire company about to be mechanized. A&C visible in some long shots. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 May 1954 (USA)  »

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Avec les pompiers  »

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Trivia

The rubber-faced banjo player, Freddy Morgan, claimed in his later years that additional comic sequences featuring him were deleted from the movie at the insistence of Buddy Hackett. See more »

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Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: In the Soup (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Arranged by Spike Jones
Performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
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two goofballs (Hugh O'Brian and Buddy Hackett) join a 1910 firefighting company.
18 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another of those 'lost' films that somehow fell through the cracks and don't even show up on Turner Classic Movies at three in the morning, when they tend to play obscure so-so pictures for a cult audience that either sets the tape machine or sits up all night long, staring at the tube. Wish they would revive it, though, for it this is anything but subtle, it does contain several well mounted slapstick situations of the type that flourished in the early days of film, before sound came in. Originally, the film was to have starred Bud Abott and Lou Costello. When they dropped out, the studio inserted Hugh O'Brian, who shortly would incarnate the ultra-serous marshal Wyatt Earp on TV, and Buddy Hackett, just then emerging as a world-class funnyman. The decisive move was to rethink this as a (the?) vehicle for Spike Jones and His City Slickers, a madman band that offered more comedy than music. And, as earlier said about this film itself, they weren't subtle but they sure were funny. Another forgotten film waiting to be found.


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