Fireman, The


by Carl Davis

Mutual (1916) Director: Charlie Chaplin
Silent Film
1121 - 2110 - perc(1): drum kit: ped BD/SD/TD//tom-t/susp.cym/splash cym/(hi-hat)/siz.cym/tgl/tamb/police whistle/bird whistle/alarm bell/phone effect/BD/tam-t - pno - strings (11111)
First Performance
17 & 18.9.05, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: City of Prague Orchestra/Carl Davis
Score and parts and film print (35mm, Digibeta PAL & DVD PAL) for hire
Programme Notes
The Fireman was Charlie’s second comedy for Lone Star Mutual, completed on 12th June, 1916. Fireman Charlie and his brutish Chief are both in love with Edna. Edna’s father promises the Chief the girl, so long as he agrees not to bring in the brigade when the old man burns down his house for the sake of insurance. Unknowingly, he sets fire to the house while his daughter is upstairs. In a thrilling finale, Charlie climbs the ladder to rescue the girl, and wins her hand and heart. Charlie’s Fireman is burlesque, with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Fire Department, purchasing and burning down two old houses in the process.

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