Harvey Middleman, Fireman

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

In animator Pintoff's first live-action feature, Harvey is a fireman with a nice wife, nice children, nice house. He rescues a girl, falls in love with her, has attacks of conscience, and cools it; whereupon the girl stages another fire, falls into the arms of another fireman, and Harvey goes happily back to his domestic routine. At first this simple story is used as a peg for very effective humour derived from the contrast between the mundane, frightening 'normalness' of Harvey's daily routine, and the pride in it which he confides to camera in a series of monologues. But the film changes direction, and what started as sharp, subtle satire on a 'normal' American ends up as little more than standard domestic comedy, complete with pat happy ending.


Release details

76 mins

Cast and crew

Ernest Pintoff
Ernest Pintoff
Gene Troobnick
Hermione Gingold
Patricia Harty
Arlene Golonka
Will Mackenzie
Charles Durning