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Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty - Mechanic / Fireman / Dog Catcher
Buster Keaton ... Buster - The Assistant
Molly Malone Molly Malone ... Molly - Rube's Daughter
Harry McCoy ... The Dude
Dan Crimmins ... Rube - The Garage Owner (as Daniel Crimmins)
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In this Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Buster Keaton's fourteenth and last film together, Fatty, and his willing assistant, Buster, work as automotive mechanics who double as fearless volunteer firemen. During one fateful day--as a neglectful customer discovers the virtue of tipping, and Buster gets to know better Luke the Dog's mighty mandible--an ambitious Casanova who dreams of dating the boss' daughter, Molly, finds himself in an awful predicament. All of a sudden, a frantic fire starts devouring the fire station. Who is behind the firehouse's inexplicable arson? Written by Nick Riganas

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If you own a car, you'll roar! If you don't own a car, you'll have as much fun as though you did! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Chief See more »

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Comique Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle gets in the bed, he gets up again and kisses a picture on the wall. The picture is of Mabel Normand, his co-star in the Mack Sennett comedies. See more »

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The Dude: Here's a fin. Now help me get in.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Once Upon a Time (1961) See more »

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Excellent knockabout fun
22 November 2006 | by SteamcarrotSee all my reviews

The last Arbuckle/Keaton collaboration is one of their best. Stripped of romantic interest and Al St John, all we have here is Roscoe and Buster doing what they do best - having fun for everyone else's enjoyment. Working the dual jobs of mechanics and firemen the boys keep the laughs coming thick and fast. Most of the jokes work and some are positively inspired. The scene where Buster dresses as Sir Harry Lauder still has me laughing. There's also the first appearance of a piece of action where a trouserless Buster is dodging a policeman aided by Roscoe. This gag resurfaced years later when Buster appeared in The Twilight Zone. It's a shame they didn't make a few more films as Buster and Roscoe were well into their stride at this point and understood each other perfectly.


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