The Third Alarm (1922)

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Emory Johnson directs this heartwarming film, which features his wife, Ella Hall, as the love interest. After years of faithful service to the fire department, Dan McDowell (Ralph Lewis) is let go because he can't handle the fire trucks with the same skill he handled the horse-driven engines. His favorite horse, Bullet, is also discharged and sold to a new, cruel owner. McDowell's son, Johnny (Johnnie Walker), is forced to give up college to help support the family, and he follows in his father's footsteps by becoming a fireman. Bullet escapes from the barn and a newsboy, Jimmie (Frankie Lee), finds him. He takes the horse to McDowell's barn, causing a misunderstanding. McDowell is arrested for stealing Bullet. His son, meanwhile, goes to fight his first big fire -- it's at the apartment building where his sweetheart, June Rutherford (Hall), lives. He heroically comes to her rescue. Jimmie's testimony frees McDowell, who immediately dashes to the apartment building to help put out the fire. Because of his actions, McDowell is hired by the fire department to care for the retired horses.



survivor, animal, bad-luck, false-accusation, fire, firefighter, horse, poverty, rescue