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Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | | Short, Action | January 1903 (USA)
A fireman rushes into a carriage to rescue a woman from a house fire. Breaks the window glasses and he goes down with the woman. After dangerous and uncertain moments, the fireman save the woman' s son, too.

Directors:

George S. Fleming (uncredited), Edwin S. Porter (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Vivian Vaughan Vivian Vaughan ... The Girl (uncredited)
Arthur White ... The Fireman (uncredited)
James H. White James H. White ... Fire Chief (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Short | Action

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life of an American Fireman See more »

Filming Locations:

East Orange, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Life of an American Fireman is lodged for copyright in Washington on the 21st January 1903. See more »

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One of the earliest narrative films!!!
7 February 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

THE LIFE OF AN AMERICAN FIREMAN is one of the earliest narrative films. It was made in 1903 by Edwin S. Porter. The extremely short film tells of the life of an American fireman. In the finale, he races to save a girl from a burning building.

Arthur White stars as the fireman. The film is very fascinating, as it gives a look at a bygone era. It is fascinating to see horse-drawn fire trucks. And this was just at the beginning of the 20th Century!


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