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His First Flame (1927)

Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs. Still, the lovestruck Harry is determined to marry his sweetheart Ethel.... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Edwards

Writers:

Arthur Ripley (story), Frank Capra (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Langdon ... Harry Howells
Natalie Kingston ... Ethel Morgan
Ruth Hiatt ... Mary Morgan
Vernon Dent ... Amos McCarthy
Bud Jamison ... Hector Benedict
Dot Farley ... Mrs. Benedict
William McCall ... President of the College
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Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs. Still, the lovestruck Harry is determined to marry his sweetheart Ethel. All that changes, though, when it turns out Ethel is a faithless gold-digger. Disillusioned, Harry spends the night in his uncle's fire house to try and forget his troubles... until the clamor of a fire alarm presents the bumbling Harry with a chance to be a hero. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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They say that love is only fire against which there is no insurance. (Lobby card).

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1927 (USA) See more »

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Premier amour See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This film was completed in July 1925, but not copyrighted until February 1926, and released in May 1927; along the way, it was edited from 5 reels down to 3 reels. See more »

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Marriage Trouble with Harry
14 February 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After graduating from college, hapless Harry Langdon (as Harry Howells) wants to get married, and have children. His uncle, Vernon Dent (as Amos McCarthy), tries to ward Mr. Langdon off marriage. Uncle Dent has married frequently, but divorces have turned him into a woman-hater. Langdon feels he can bring more matrimony, and less alimony, into the world. He sets his sights on conceited Natalie Kingston (as Ethel Morgan). Langdon doesn't know it, but Ms. Kingston is only interested in his money - it's sweet sister Ruth Hiatt (as Mary Morgan) who loves Langton truly…

This Mack Sennett feature was held back, and released alongside Langdon's First National films "The Strong Man" and "Long Pants" - at the height of the infantile comedian's popularity. "His First Flame" has its moments, but it isn't on par with Langdon's better pictures. Along around the time Langdon dresses up like a woman, comic opportunities are obviously missed. And, the film requires viewers to care very much about the fate of a certain ring, which couldn't have survived the following segment's costume change.

It's almost certain Langdon and company - director Harry Edwards with writers Arthur Ripley and Frank Capra - were not completely satisfied with "His First Flame". Most likely, they would have polished the picture up some, had they not moved to greener pastures. The film appears badly damaged, once, during the running time.

**** His First Flame (5/3/27) Harry Edwards ~ Harry Langdon, Vernon Dent, Ruth Hiatt


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