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The Garage (1920)

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

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Jean C. Havez (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty - Mechanic / Fireman / Dog Catcher
Buster Keaton ... Buster - The Assistant
Molly Malone Molly Malone ... Molly - Rube's Daughter
Harry McCoy ... The Dude
Dan Crimmins ... Rube - The Garage Owner (as Daniel Crimmins)
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Storyline

In this Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Buster Keaton's fourteenth and last film together, Fatty, and his willing assistant, Buster, work as automotive mechanics who double as fearless volunteer firemen. During one fateful day--as a neglectful customer discovers the virtue of tipping, and Buster gets to know better Luke the Dog's mighty mandible--an ambitious Casanova who dreams of dating the boss' daughter, Molly, finds himself in an awful predicament. All of a sudden, a frantic fire starts devouring the fire station. Who is behind the firehouse's inexplicable arson? Written by Nick Riganas

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Fifteen fat laughs with Fatty! See more »

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Chief See more »

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Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A contemporary review in the trade paper "Harrison's Reports" criticised the product placement of the logo of Red Crown Gasoline, which is clearly shown in the film. This is believed to be the earliest extant example of a critical review of product placement in movie history,. Although not mentioned in the review, the film also prominently displays signs for Zeroline oils and greases which, along with Red Crown Gasoline, were all manufactured by the Standard Oil Company. See more »

Quotes

The Dude: How about giving me another tumble?
Molly - Rube's Daughter: Get lost! I don't want to see you anymore!
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Has a Lot of Pretty Good Material
16 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Arbuckle/Keaton short comedy has a lot of good material and is quite enjoyable. It's all done in Arbuckle's free-wheeling style, so the story is held together less by the plot than by its setting and by the antics of the two stars.

The setting in "The Garage", where Arbuckle's and Buster's characters work both as mechanics and as firemen, lends itself to all kinds of humor, and the various props and situations are used to good effect. The first part gets lots of mileage out of the cars, tools, and various gadgets in the garage, and later there is an amusingly chaotic fire-fighting scene. There are quite a variety of good gags, with even a billboard getting in on the act.

Although there isn't really a story to speak of, there are lots of frantic goings-on and some great comic moments, making it well worth seeing for any fan of these two great silent screen comedians. In the classic series of comedies that paired the two, this is one of the best ones.


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