The Third Alarm (1922 film)

The Third Alarm is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Emory Johnson and starring Ralph Lewis. [1] [2]

The Third Alarm
Magazine advertisement
Directed byEmory Johnson
Produced byPat Powers
Emory Johnson
Written byEmilie Johnson (story)
StarringRalph Lewis
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Distributed byFilm Booking Offices of America
Release date
  • December 1922 (1922-December)
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] for twenty years Dan McDowell (Lewis) has driven the three horses of Fire Engine 27. With the march of progress, the horse-driven fire equipment is replaced by motorized fire trucks, displacing the animals of the fire department. Dan, however, cannot master the job of steering a fire engine, and is retired with a small pension. His son Johnny (Walker) has been studying medicine and to keep him in college requires the father to just scrape by. Unable to find other employment, Dan takes a job as a digger where he meets Bullet, former fire horse but now pulling a dirt wagon. Jimmy discovers his father's straits and leaves college to join the fire department. One day Bullet disappears and the contractor accuses Dan of stealing the horse. A search is made and the horse is found in the shed by the McDowell home. Dan is arrested but Little Jimmie (Lee), a newsboy, explains that he found Bullet wandering on the street and put him in the shed for shelter. Dan is freed just as a three alarm fire breaks out. On the way to the fire, Dan discovers Bullet heading towards it just as the horse did when he pulled a fire wagon. Arriving at the fire, Dan discovers Johnny and his sweetheart June (Hall) imprisoned by some debris. Dan mounts Bullet, charges through the flames, hitches the horse to the obstructions, and frees his son and fiance. As a result of his bravery, Dan is given an appointment as the guardian of all the former fire horses and a farm. Johnny is able to finish his college courses and marries his fiance June.


Preservation Status

The Third Alarm is preserved at UCLA Film and Television Archive and Gosfilmofond. [4]


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