Fireman, Save My Child (1932)





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Joe E. Brown plays a small town fireman who is also the town's star ballplayer--and an itinerant inventor on the side. Brown is offered a pitching contract with the St. Louis Cardinals; he accepts, reasoning that the money he'll earn will help finance his invention. While in spring training, Brown becomes entangled with a seductive "good time girl" (Noel Francis), which severely compromises his game playing ability and also strains his relationship with his hometown sweetheart (Evalyn Knapp). On the day of the Cardinal's World Series clincher, Brown arrives at the doorstep of the Zenith Fire Extinguishing company, which has invited Joe to demonstrate his invention, a baseball-shaped "extinguisher bomb." A mix-up in briefcases nearly causes Brown to burn down the Zenith company, but eventually he proves the efficiency of his invention. The local fire chief then rushes Brown to the big game, where he pitches his team to victory. Though just as much a "zany inventor" comedy as a baseball yarn, Fireman Save My Child qualifies as the first of Joe E. Brown's "baseball trilogy", followed by 1933's Elmer the Great and 1935's Alibi Ike. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Comedy , Romance , Sports & Fitness
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Joe E. Brown
as Joe Grant
Evalyn Knapp
as Sally Toby
Evelyn Knapp
as Sally Toby
George Meeker
as Stevens
George Ernest
as Mascot for St. Louis Team
Virginia Sale
as Miss Gallop
Richard Carle
as Dan Toby
Curtis Benton
as Radio Announcer
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Crap, crap and more crap. One review on IMDB says "Joe E. Brown plays a doofus who plays baseball". That's about the size of it, and I couldn't have said it better myself. Even for 1932 standards, Joe Brown's over the top antics weren't the least bit funny. The most frustrating thing about this whole film is how he's completely oblivious to how unacceptable it is for him to just blow off a World Series game, and he's the starting pitcher. This is what I get for DVRing random old movies in the middle of the night.

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