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An item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera reported that producer Phil Goldstone's The Fire Eater had been retitled The Smoke Eater, which was the title during most of production. Another item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera noted that "heavy" Fred Kohler was overcome by smoke during a scene, creating a two-day delay in production. A production chart in the 9 Dec 1922 Camera showed that the film, headquartered at the Horsely Studios at 6050 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, was in its sixth week of filming, and that Richard Talmadge's brother, Leon Mezetti, was the assistant director. ... More Less

An item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera reported that producer Phil Goldstone's The Fire Eater had been retitled The Smoke Eater, which was the title during most of production. Another item in the 2 Dec 1922 Camera noted that "heavy" Fred Kohler was overcome by smoke during a scene, creating a two-day delay in production. A production chart in the 9 Dec 1922 Camera showed that the film, headquartered at the Horsely Studios at 6050 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, was in its sixth week of filming, and that Richard Talmadge's brother, Leon Mezetti, was the assistant director. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
2 Dec 1922
p. 4, 6.
Camera
9 Dec 1922
p. 10.
Moving Picture World
30 Jun 1923
p. 786.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Fire Eater
The Smoke Eater
Release Date:
May 1923
Production Date:
began late October 1922
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Dan Merrill is discharged from the fire department where he has distinguished himself because he is physically unable to stay in a smoking room. His enemies tell his girl, Mary Fenton, that he is a coward. But he proves his efficiency by trailing a gang of crooks who have been responsible for robberies in which they covered their tracks by starting fires. Once more a hero, he squares himself with the company and with the girl." -- Moving Picture World, 30 Jun 1923, ... +


"Dan Merrill is discharged from the fire department where he has distinguished himself because he is physically unable to stay in a smoking room. His enemies tell his girl, Mary Fenton, that he is a coward. But he proves his efficiency by trailing a gang of crooks who have been responsible for robberies in which they covered their tracks by starting fires. Once more a hero, he squares himself with the company and with the girl." -- Moving Picture World, 30 Jun 1923, p786. +

GENRE
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Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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