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Where's That Fire? (1939)

A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the... See full summary »

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Marcel Varnel
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Cast

Cast overview:
Will Hay ... Captain Benjamin Viking
Moore Marriott ... Jeremiah Harbottle
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert Brown
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Fire Chief
Eric Clavering Eric Clavering ... Hank Sullivan
Hugh McDermott ... Jim Baker
Charles Hawtrey ... Woodley
Dave O'Toole Dave O'Toole ... Postman
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A hapless fire crew are given the ultimatum: put out a fire successfully or else be sacked. They fail miserably, and their ancient fire engine is stolen by criminals attempting to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (UK) See more »

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Mono (British Acoustic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Due to legal disputes between Gainsborough Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, it was believed to be a lost film for many years. It was rediscovered by the BBC in 1975. It has never officially been released on VHS or DVD, although it is now in the public domain and is available on numerous compilations. See more »

Quotes

Woodley: I say, what are you going to do with that pole.
Captain Viking: Well we were going to put it up in the fire station but if you don't push off...
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Soundtracks

Fire! Fire!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Ezra Read
Paxton Music Ltd
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The Keystone Firemen
6 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Will Hay with his second banana comics Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt are the local fire brigade in their area and God only knows why they're put in charge of that rather critical job. The Police Academy British style seems to be where these three have graduated. Or maybe Mack Sennett's Keystone cops have a training school for fireman across the big pond.

Hay is his usual blustering know it all self as his two even dumber assistance go along with whatever he does. Right now he's thinking mere water is out of date for putting out fires. He's experimenting with a new kind of foam to do the job. It had better work because the local council is ready to give the sack to the whole lot of them.

It all works out strangely enough after Hay rents out the horse drawn fire truck they have to 'movie producers' who actually want it as part of an elaborate scheme to steal the crown jewels from the Tower Of London. The surreal last scene is worth seeing this film alone for.

Where's That Fire is still funny after 3/4 of a century has passed.


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