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The Third Alarm (1930)

The story of the firemen at Engine House No.8, where widower Frank "Dad" Brooks is the beloved veteran and whose children, Milly and Jimmie, are especially fond of firemen Dan and "Beauty" ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Anita Louise ... Milly Morton
James Hall ... Dan
Paul Hurst ... 'Beauty' Johnson
Jean Hersholt ... Frank 'Dad' Morton
Hobart Bosworth ... Precinct Fire Captain
Mary Doran ... Neeta
Dot Farley ... Woman Barber
Nita Martan Nita Martan ... Mamie Ziek
Georgie Billings Georgie Billings ... Jimmy Morton (as George Billings)
Walter Perry Walter Perry ... Uncle
Aileen Manning Aileen Manning ... Mrs. Craig - Orphanage Matron
Joseph W. Girard ... Pensions Board Commissioner (as Joseph Girard)
Franklyn Farnum ... Fire Department Captain
Charlotte Merriam ... Blonde
Tom London ... Fireman Tom


The story of the firemen at Engine House No.8, where widower Frank "Dad" Brooks is the beloved veteran and whose children, Milly and Jimmie, are especially fond of firemen Dan and "Beauty" Johnson. The problem of the day is concern whether or not Brooks is going to qualify for a pension...until a three-alarm inferno breaks out at the orphanage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tiny tots aroused from sleep by suffocating smoke, roaring flames! (original ad) See more »








Release Date:

17 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

サアド・アラアム 警笛間を衝く See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Among the earliest documented telecasts of this film were in Huntington, West Virginia Wednesday 25 February 1953 on WSAZ (Channel 3), in San Francisco, California Friday 20 March 1953 on KGO (Channel 7), both of them as part of their "Hollywood TV Theatre" movie series, and in New York City Tuesday 14 April 1953 on WABC (Channel 7). See more »


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fire spectacular
26 March 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Made by Tiffany Films as an early talkie this orphanage drama features a spectacular fire and well shot special effects. An iron left on the ironing board causes the blaze and the last few reels deal with the massive fire, shot on stages and with convincing model work. A lot of the main blaze and seems silent footage and probably was; Anita Louise is the young nurse rescuing wandering orphans and of course features in the last reel 'fireman save my child' ladder sequence. Tiffany deserve a higher place in the history of film making and seemed set to straddle the transition from sound to talkies. Making mostly urban college/shop girl and society silents they made a few Ken Maynard western talkies until about 1932 when they collapsed in the Depression. One film called MAMBA was shot in color and should somehow be rescued and re evaluated as should any surviving Tiffany films. We need to know more about this interesting company.

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