|THE GARAGE (aka: FIRE CHIEF) (director/writer: Fatty Arbuckle; screenwriter: story by Jean C. Havez; cinematographer: Elgin Lessley; editor: ; music: ; cast: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (Fatty - Mechanic / Fireman / Dog Catcher ), Buster Keaton (Buster-the assistant),Molly Malone (Rube's daughter), Dan Crimmins (Rube-garage owner), Harry McCoy (The Dude); Runtime: 20; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Joseph M. Schenck ; Paramount; 1920-silent)|
short silent comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
Arbuckle ("The Iron Mule"/"The Hayseed")
directs this enjoyable short silent comedy. It's the
last time he teams with his pupil Buster Keaton.
and Buster are two bumblers operating as mechanics in
a garage that is also a fire house, where they are
firefighters. The pair wreck a car brought in for a
cleaning. When a slick suitor (Harry McCoy)
of the boss's daughter Molly (Molly Malone) gives her
roses, the boys get grease over it and ruin his
chances with her. A mad dog nips off the pants of
Buster, who while running away without pants tries
fooling a cop by snipping off the kilt from a
billboard promo for the Scot comedian Sir Harry Lauder
and using that as his pants. It ends when there's a
false alarm by the suitor, who is in the building
trying to get the boys out of the way so he can again
court Molly. But he locks himself in the building and
in a panic sets it on fire. With the firehouse burning
down, the boys return in time to save Molly by holding
a net as she jumps from her bedroom window.
REVIEWED ON 5/17/2017 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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