The Electric Alarm (1915)

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This last-minute-rescue melodrama is the final one-reeler directed by Tod Browning. The fire-alarm system for a Pennsylvania town is being hooked up by the young electrical engineer Dick Ray (Charles Gorman), who completes the job except for the final connection of the alarm-box wires to the Town Hall bell tower. While awaiting the needed wire, he learns of a fire on a railroad trestle -- the same trestle that his girlfriend Mary (Lillian Webster) and her mother (Lucy Payton) will cross on the incoming train. He grips the two wire ends in his hands, using his own body to complete the circuit and sound the alarm. The train avoids catastrophe, and after Ray recovers from the shock he received, he is awarded a bonus by the railroad company and can afford to marry Mary. 15/1rl