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The Last Alarm (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 June 1940 (USA)
A veteran firefighter is forced to retire at age 65 by the Fire Department. However, when one of his friends dies in a blaze set by a serial arsonist, the now retired fireman teams up with ... See full summary »

Director:

William West

Writer:

Al Martin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jim Hadley
Warren Hull ... Frank Rogers
Polly Ann Young ... Joan Hadley
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hadley
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Wendell
Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin ... Burt Stafford
Bruce MacFarlane Bruce MacFarlane ... Jack Henderson
Eddie Hart Eddie Hart ... Dick Roberts (as Ed Hart)
Willard Hall ... Briggs
Charles Anthony Hughes Charles Anthony Hughes ... Lt. King (as Charles A. Hughes)
Charles R. Phipps Charles R. Phipps ... Stevens (as Charles Phipps)
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Fire Chief
James Coughlin James Coughlin ... Cummings
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Storyline

A veteran firefighter is forced to retire at age 65 by the Fire Department. However, when one of his friends dies in a blaze set by a serial arsonist, the now retired fireman teams up with his daughter and her fiancé, who is an investigator for an insurance company, to hunt down and capture the arsonist. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viejo bombero See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Hadley enters Wendell's antique shop to ask about the statuette in the window, Wendell says it is being held for a client. If this was so it would be kept away from the general stock. And Hadley seems oddly satisfied with this poor and unconvincing lie. See more »

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almost a docu... like an ep of dragnet
3 June 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Hmmm... the fact that this is one... the FIRST.. of only three films directed by William West gives us an idea of the quality of film we are about to see. Farrell MacDonald is "Jim", trying to retire from the fire department. MacDonald had been in films since the silents. Polly Young is his wife.. this was one of the last things she did. It all moves pretty slowly. Monogram Pictures. Almost like a documentary, we follow along as the insurance company and the arson squad investigate. SO much old footage of petroleum tanks burning... buildings burning. That must have been a thing at the time. Some firebug is burning things up, and Jim Hadley must figure out who it is! mehhhhhhh... its all so-so. Showing on Epix Vault channel. Not good, not bad. somewhere in-between......


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