Series: Paul Parrott

Director: Jay A. Howe
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: H.M. Walker

Stars: James Parrott, Jobyna Ralston
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 31 December 1922
Length: 1 reel
Production No.: C-69
Filming dates: September 30 - October 7, 1922;
retakes October 14, 1922

Rating: 2/10

Fire The Fireman

From approximately 2 minutes of footage available for review:

It's a fire drill at the yard and with the ringing of the bell, the sleepy firemen get up, one falls down the hole where the pole is, and a fat fireman gets wedged in the pole-hole. A monkey emerges from a cabinet (!) and puts his hat on. The guys then go outside for some sort of half-assed parade. Paul (James Parrott) sees his girlfriend (Jobyna Ralston) with her a group of her friends when the call comes in that the palace is on fire. The firemen rush off to the scene with Paul dragging his girlfriend along with him. Paul hands a wrench to the monkey, who unlocks the fire hydrant. With Paul holding the fire hose, he is informed by a cop that his girlfriend has managed to get herself trapped in the burning building. He rushes in and saves her...... and her small dog. Yeah I know... I don't understand it either!

Copyrighted December 14, 1922.
The fragment of the film I was able to review is currently on YouTube, courtesy Dave Glass.
My opinion
Hard to fathom anything of a storyline from only 2 minutes of footage. But it looks like your typical bog-standard Paul Parrott 'comedy'.

James Parrott
Paul, fireman
Jobyna Ralston
Paul's girlfriend
George Rowe
Fire chief
William Gillespie
Jack Hill
Marvin Loback
Fat fireman
Charlie Hall
Bill Strother
Charles Lloyd
Al Forbes
Female pedestrian #1
Female pedestrian #2

Dave Glass (footage)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Jack Hill, Marvin Loback, Al Forbes, Charles Lloyd, Bill Strother, Charlie Hall)

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