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The Fireman (1916)

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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in The Comic (1969) See more »

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Simple Comedy, Mostly Knockabout Slapstick
31 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

There's not very much to the simple short comedy "The Fireman" besides the kind of knockabout slapstick that might have been getting a little old even in 1916, but at least in Chaplin's hands it is watchable and it has some good moments. It moves quickly and gets pretty manic at times, and if there had been a little more depth or creativity, it could have been pretty good.

The setting offers many props and story possibilities. A few times these are worked into the action in creative ways, but more often, the movie relies on the same type of humor repeated over and over again. When it comes to comedy ideas such as falling down, kicking someone, and the like, Chaplin is better than almost anyone else of his era in carrying off the gag, but in this case the movie just relies on such things too heavily, instead of working in some more imaginative material.

The cast includes some Chaplin regulars, most notably Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance, who are always worth seeing. And there are the kernels of some good ideas, as well as some stretches when the slapstick is funny. So it had the makings of a very good comedy - but as it is, it's OK but below average for Chaplin.


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