On The Fire
Series: Harold Lloyd Distribution: Rolin/Pathé  Director: Hal Roach Cinematography: ?
Production: L-51 Type: Silent short Producer: Hal Roach  Editor: ?
Released: 23 February 1919 Length: 1-reel

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"A ballooning flirt (Bud Jamison) and a willing lady (Bebe Daniels), eager to dine at the Restuarant de la Sordide" are shown to a table by the owner (William Gillespie), at a cost to poor Sammy Brooks who is trodden on outside by the diner. The world's laziest chef (Harold Lloyd) is in the kitchen when the waiter comes in and gives him the food order. The chef uses a series of ropes to pull on, which lower saucepans onto the stoves, and a garden hoe to collect eggs from a hen and empty them into a pot. Without ever getting out out his chair, he throws the relevant food at the waiter (James Parrott), who lands it all on his serving platter.
Snub Pollard is the assistant chef, a champion plate-smasher, who uses his skills to destroy plates attempting to kill a spider whilst the chef ventures out into the restaurant with a makeshift rod to catch a fish from the indoor pond. When the rod fails, he jumps in and tries to catch the fish with his bare hands, much to the chagrin of the waiter. Even more to the chagrin of the diners who see a fish come flying over and land on their table - followed by the chef [see favourite bit]. Snub comes out of the kitchen to hit the fish with a mallet but instead gets shot in the rear by the chef who had taken aim to shoot the fish. The chaos is all too much for the waiters, who promptly quit. The owner is ruined and the chefs agree to make amends and act as waiters to the waiting customers with Harold disrespecting the male guests while flirting with their wives. When an order for limburger is made, the chef puts on a gas mask, which he then shares with one of the guests before escorting his lady into the kitchen. A fire breaks out in the restaurant which the chef tries to put out with a powerful hose. Everybody leaves, except the manager, who pulls a gun on the chef! The End.

Favourite bit
One minute you are sitting there at the table, the next minute a fish comes flying over and lands on your table... followed shortly by the chef!

Facts
Production L-51 - Harold Lloyd series.
Copyrighted December 4, 1918.
Reissued March 12, 1922.
Filming dates
August 12-20, 1918.
Trivia
The restaurant is French, called the "Sordide".
Chef Harold Lloyd is smoking a cigarette in the kitchen whilst he is cooking the food. Health and safety in 1919 was very different back then!
Sammy Brooks is the poor guy who is trodden on by Bud Jamison outside the restaurant at the beginning of the film. He is later seen as a diner who is picked up by Snub Pollard and dumped into the pond during the fire sequence.
What the experts say
None.

Harold Lloyd
The chef
Bebe Daniels
Willing lady
Snub Pollard
Assistant chef
Bud Jamison
Ballooning flirt
Sammy Brooks
Short diner
William Gillespie
Restaurant owner
Wallace Howe
Diner with beard
Margaret Joslin
Diner
Dee Lampton
Waiter
James Parrott
Waiter
Dorothea Wolbert
Diner
Noah Young
Diner
Harry Burns
Diner
M.J. McCarty
Diner
William Peterson
Diner
Lew Harvey
Waiter
Marie Mosquini
Diner
D. Coburn
[unidentified character]
Billy Fay
[unidentified character]
Estelle Harrison
[unidentified character]
P. McGuire
[unidentified character]
Emmylou Wallace
[unidentified character]
William Blaisdell
[*unconfirmed]
Belle Mitchell
Diner
[*unconfirmed]
Fred C. Newmeyer
[*unconfirmed]
Oscar Larson
Waiter
[*unconfirmed]
   
 
UNIDENTIFIED

Acknowledgements:
Tommie Hicks (help)
Jim Jarvis (help)
Jesse Brisson (help)
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book)

This page was last updated on: 19 February 2017