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His First Flame (1935)

Approved | | Short, Action, Comedy | 9 March 1935 (USA)
After fire chief, Fire-Eating Sam's girlfriend is married to Smoky Moe, and his house is burned down during a wedding ceremony, he gets revenge on Moe and plays a humiliating joke on him.



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Cast overview:
Smokey Moe
Fire-Eating Sam
Fred Harper ...
Fire Chief (as Don McBride)


Firefighter "Smokin'" Joe falls for the aggressive wiles of Daphne and marries her, and this does not set well with a fellow-fireman, who had designs of his own on Joe's new bride. Joe invents a new fire-extinguishing power, and sets a fie in his own house to demonstrate it. But his bitter-rival has switched powder on Joe. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THey say love is only fire against which there is no insurance policy (original poster)


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9 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Big V Comedies (1934-1935 season): His First Flame  »

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Vitaphone Production Reels #1794-1795. See more »


'Smoking' Joe: How can I ignite the fire in my heart when you've got your foot in my face!
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Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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This one surprised me!
28 March 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Daphne Pollard was an Australian comic who came to America with her brother, Snub, in order to make films. Both worked steadily during the silent era making comedies. I was surprised when I bought a DVD of Vitaphone shorts from the 1930s to see her starring in some of them along side Shemp Howard. What surprised me more is that she did a very good American accent!

So far, unfortunately, the Pollard-Howard shorts have been god- awful...especially "Smoked Hams"! What shocked me about this one, "A Peach of a Pair" is that it actually IS a good comedy!!

The film begins with Pollard playing anything but hard to get, as she practically attacks a Fireman (Howard) who is walking in the park. She does everything she can to get his attention and ends up proposing to him!! Apparently, she is mad at her boyfriend, another fireman, and wants to marry someone else to show him! Unfortunately, later in the film the old boyfriend does everything he can to get revenge.

While I would never consider this a great comedy, it is enjoyable and the pair's acrobatics are very funny...in an old silent slapstick sort of way. Not at all brilliant, but considering how bad their other films were and how bad MOST of the Vitaphone comedies of the 1930s are, at least this one is pleasant and watchable.

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