Good Robb Wilton story in which he plays a fireman.
Note: Probably film in the Pathe studio.
M/S of Robb Wilton sitting at a desk wearing a fireman's uniform. A woman burst into his office and claims that her house is on fire in Grimshaw Street. Hearing this instead of immediately sending out help he tries to remember where Grimshaw Street is. Wilton continuously shuffles nervously through the large quantities of paperwork on his desk. After the woman demands that he please hurry up and do something, Wilton asks her to calm down as "we work by a system here !"
He walks over to an intercom device hanging on the wall. He asks a colleague if he can speak to Arnold. Much to his annoyance he finds out that Arnold is currently involved with football sweep stakes. Wilton says "Would you believe it, football sweeps and people's lives at stake."
He eventually gets to speak to Arnold and informs him of the fire. They have a long drawn out conversation which involves Wilton being asked whether he has a enough petrol, to which the answer is they have enough to get there but not enough to get back. Wilton then replies "Oh it's a big fire ...... should be by now !"
After more fumbling around with papers the woman says that she can see a man in the distance climbing a fire ladder. The man turns out to be Arnold. Wilton then gets into a panic "He must not climb that ladder, He must be prevented at all costs. The woman enquires "why, why ?" To which Wilton replies "he's got the sweep money on him !"
Note: the woman seen here is probably Wilton's wife who toured the music halls with him in this and other sketches - SL.