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A screen shot from a Huntington Beach Police Department PSA shows a scene from the 1939 movie "Dodge City."

A screen shot from a Huntington Beach Police Department PSA shows a scene from the 1939 movie "Dodge City."

Police in Huntington Beach may be serious about preventing brawls in the city, but that hasn’t prevented authorities from being humorous in a public service announcement about the issue.

A subtitled video posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page Sunday admonishes residents and visitors: “Do NOT engage in a brawl in Huntington Beach.”

But instead of footage of an actual scuffle in the coastal city, the tongue-in-cheek post shows a chaotic bar scene from the 1939 movie “Dodge City.”

The PSA’s release follows the arrest of four people Saturday night after foot patrol officers broke up a fight at a local restaurant-bar, the Police Department said.

Furniture was broken in the incident which occurred about 10:10 p.m. at the 2nd Floor, in the 100 block of Main Street, according to police.

No other details were available, a department spokesman said.

Rioting broke out in Huntington Beach during the Vans US Open of Surfing in July 2013, leading to as many as 20 arrests.

Several officers were injured as they attempted to stop crowds from throwing bottles, looting stores and fighting.