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Tilly and the Fire Engines
Tilly and the Fire Engines

Tilly and the Fire Engines 1911


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Tilly and the Fire Engines 1911

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

Disobedient, mischievous and anarchic, the Tilly sisters lit up a popular series of film comedies in the early 1910s. In this episode, Tilly and Sally purloin a horse-drawn fire engine and take it for a joy ride. Fixing the hose to a hydrant they proceed to drench their pursuers before awarding themselves medals for bravery. The film is sadly incomplete - having lost about half its footage - but it does retain the 'emblematic shot' at the end. This was a comedy convention in the 1900s and 1901s adopted from the music hall: the film closes with a close up of the performers, as if it were their curtain call.

The Tilly films were an occasional series of comedies starring Tilly and Sally as a pair of independent-spirited girls who cause havoc in pursuit of fun. The Hepworth Manufacturing Company released nearly 20 Tilly comedies between 1910 and 1915.

Directed by

Lewin Fitzhamon


Frank Denton

Chrissie White

Alma Taylor




Fire engines Horse-drawn transport


LOCO London Comedy Film Festival Suffragettes on Film




United Kingdom



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