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The Fireman (1916)

TV-G | | Short, Comedy | 12 June 1916 (USA)
Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

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Charles Chaplin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Fireman
Edna Purviance ... Girl
Lloyd Bacon ... Her Father
Eric Campbell Eric Campbell ... Fire Chief
Leo White ... Owner of the Burning House
Albert Austin Albert Austin ... Fireman
John Rand John Rand ... Fireman
James T. Kelley ... Fireman
Frank J. Coleman Frank J. Coleman ... Fireman
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Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the Chief) is upstairs in the house. When the house next door catches fire its owner rouses Charlie who rouses the force. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gallant Fireman See more »

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Lone Star Corporation See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The film shows some early day street scenes in the surrounding Los Angeles area. See more »

Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a set of videos containing all the 12 Mutual short films made by Chaplin in 1915 - 1917. They are presented by David Shepard, who copyrighted the versions in 1984, and has a music soundtrack composed and performed by Michael Mortilla who copyrighted his score in 1989. The running time of this film is 24 minutes. See more »

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Kicks and backward moves in a bustling fireman's day
11 January 2016 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

"The fireman" is a funny short film from Chaplin, although not being among his very best movies. The little tramp here is, as expected, a fireman. Off course everything he does is a disaster, as he is sleepy, clumsy, quarrelsome and sneaky. The outcome is that he is probably the character most times kicked in the ass ever in the history of cinema! Chaplin's slapstick is funny as it uses to be and I always love Eric Campbell as his antagonist (here, as the furious boss, also with the same love interest as usual). The choreographs performed by the firefighters are very charming. The most interesting element in this short film, that makes it somewhat innovative ans special, are the visual effects. Although simple, they are smart and funny. The horse drawn fire pumper moving backward, the quick change of clothes by the firemen... these are all simple visual effects, off course, but they are precise in adding funny moments to the story. I said that everything our favorite fireman did was a disaster, didn't I? Well, not everything. Edna Purviance was there...


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