The Fire Brigade

The Fire Brigade
Directed by William Nigh
Written by Robert N. Lee (adaptation)
Lotta Woods (titles)
Story by Kate Corbaley
Starring May McAvoy
Charles Ray
Cinematography John Arnold
Edited by Harry L. Decker
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • December 20, 1926 (1926-12-20)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Budget $249,556[1]

The Fire Brigade (also known as Fire!) is 1926 American silent drama film directed by William Nigh.[2] The film stars May McAvoy and Charles Ray.[3] The Fire Brigade originally contained sequences shot in two-color Technicolor. A print of the film is preserved in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists archives.[4]

The producers of the film contributed 25 per cent of the film's receipts toward a college for the instruction of fire-fighting officers.[5]


Terry O'Neil (Charles Ray) is the youngest of a group of Irish-American firefighting brothers. He courts Helen Corwin (May McAvoy), the daughter of a politician whose crooked building contracts resulted in devastating blazes.


See also


  1. Schatz, Thomas (1988). The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era. Pantheon Books. p. 41. ISBN 0-394-53979-6.
  2. Klepper, Robert K. (1999). Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide to 646 Movies. McFarland. p. 452. ISBN 0-786-40595-3.
  3. Butler, Ivan (1988). Silent Magic: Rediscovering The Silent Film Era. Ungar. p. 133. ISBN 0-804-42078-5.
  4. The Fire Brigade SilentEra database
  5. The New York Times movie review

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