Series: The Spat Family

Director: Jay A. Howe
Producer: Hal Roach
Photography: Nicholas T. Barrows

Stars: Frank Butler, Laura Roessing, Sidney D'Albrook
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 02 November 1924
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: F-16
Filming dates: May 26 - June 11, 1924
retakes June 18-21, 1924

Rating: 3/10

Hot Stuff


From the footage available for review (approximately 7 minutes)
The Spats have acquired a new fire engine which they put in their garage. The three of them go outside to set a small fire as part of a fire drill. Ambrose gets into the truck and sets out to put out the fire but instead reverses through the garage and out into the yard. They get the truck to stop and use the hoses to try and extinguish the flames of the fire they started. Water shoots out of the engine in all directions before the truck takes on a mind of its own and drives off out into the street. As the three of them attempt to get the machine under control, which includes running over a fire hydrant and causing the water from it to propel Tewksberry into the air, the fire they started earlier spreads to their open window and sets fire to the curtains. Ambrose rushes over to turn off the water from a stopcock by the side of the road, bringing Tewksberry down in a wet heap.
Later, with Ambrose still unable to get the fire truck under his control, the family come upon their home to see it burning to the ground and several people runnig around trying to put out the fire. They each try to use the resources they have from their fire truck but the hoses don't reach. Ambrose tries to get the truck nearer to the house but ends up driving through it. If that wasn't bad enough, Tewksberry grabs a hose to put out the flames but doesn't notice that it is in fact a petrol hose.... well you can guess the rest!

Favourite bit
Frank Butler being propelled into the air by the fire hydrant looks like a lot of fun... and wet.

Copyrighted October 2, 1924.
This was the sixteenth film in the series.
Approximately six minutes of the film is available for download from Harpodeon (see link above).
In the scene where the fire truck is in the yard, the Baldwin Hills can be seen in the distance with the large "57" etched onto it.

What the experts say
"It's just so bland." ~ Lord Heath.

Frank Butler
Mr. Tewksberry Spat
Laura Roessing
Mrs. Tewksberry Spat
Sidney D'Albrook
Brother Ambrose
Dick Gilbert
George Rowe



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