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Release Date:
12 September 1926 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Hal Roach's Rascals ... The Kids
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Downs ... Johnny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jannie Hoskins ... Mango (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ... Scooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith ... Turkey-egg (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ... Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Billy Naylor ... Our Gang member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer
Julia Blake ... Girl
Ed Brandenburg ... Fireman
Howard Brandenburg ... Boy
George B. French ... Chemist
Ham Kinsey ... Fireman
Mildred Kornman ... Mildred
Jack Lavine ... Abie
Sam Lufkin ... Crowd extra
Gene Morgan ... Fire chief
William Orlamond ... Old Man

Directed by
Robert F. McGowan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert A. McGowan  story
Hal Roach  story
H.M. Walker  titles

Produced by
F. Richard Jones .... supervising producer
Hal Roach .... producer
Cinematography by
Art Lloyd 
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Oelze .... assistant director
Art Department
C.E. Christensen .... construction supervisor
Charles Oelze .... props
Don Sandstrom .... props
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer
Other crew
Tony Campanaro .... animal trainer
Charles Levin .... laboratory supervisor
Hal Roach .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"The Big Fire" - USA (TV title)
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USA:20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Edited into "Mischief Makers" (1960)See more »


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I liked this one and didn't think it was flat., 23 February 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Fourth Alarm" is one of a fraction of the silent Little Rascals comedies that exist today. And, oddly, it's not part of the huge mega-DVD set that was released a few years ago. It, and a few other silent installments are available for free download at

The theme of the kids wanting to be firemen is not unique to "The Fourth Alarm". I've seen at least a couple later shorts with this theme and perhaps there were a some before this one. Regardless, after putting out a dangerous fire, the boys are told by the chief that they are his helpers--and soon the boys build their own firehouse--complete with so many of the cute gadgets that you'd expect from these films. Eventually, a real and deadly fire breaks out and the kids mistakenly think they can handle it! What's next? See the film.

Well done throughout. Perhaps it has a few less laughs than usual but it's more than made up for by the wonderful firehouse and their hilarious fire engines. Well worth your time.

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