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The Fourth Alarm (1926)

The gang organizes their own junior fire department by converting an old barn into a firehouse. Later, going to a real fire proved difficult for them especially Farina who couldn't quite handle his heavily pressured fire hose.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan

Writers:

Robert A. McGowan (story), Hal Roach (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hal Roach's Rascals Hal Roach's Rascals ... The Kids
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Downs ... Johnny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jannie Hoskins Jannie Hoskins ... Mango (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ... Scooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Turkey-egg (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ... Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Billy Naylor Billy Naylor ... Our Gang member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer
Julia Blake Julia Blake ... Girl
Ed Brandenburg Ed Brandenburg ... Fireman
Howard Brandenburg Howard Brandenburg ... Boy
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The gang organizes their own junior fire department by converting an old barn into a firehouse. Later, going to a real fire proved difficult for them especially Farina who couldn't quite handle his heavily pressured fire hose.

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Joe: What do they have babies for if they gotta be wormey?
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I liked this one and didn't think it was flat.
23 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Fourth Alarm" is one of a fraction of the silent Little Rascals comedies that exist today. And, oddly, it's not part of the huge mega-DVD set that was released a few years ago. It, and a few other silent installments are available for free download at archive.org.

The theme of the kids wanting to be firemen is not unique to "The Fourth Alarm". I've seen at least a couple later shorts with this theme and perhaps there were a some before this one. Regardless, after putting out a dangerous fire, the boys are told by the chief that they are his helpers--and soon the boys build their own firehouse--complete with so many of the cute gadgets that you'd expect from these films. Eventually, a real and deadly fire breaks out and the kids mistakenly think they can handle it! What's next? See the film.

Well done throughout. Perhaps it has a few less laughs than usual but it's more than made up for by the wonderful firehouse and their hilarious fire engines. Well worth your time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

12 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Fire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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