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Taxi Barons (1933)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  1 April 1933 (USA)
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After running over a police officer's motorcycle, Ben and Billy are chased by the law onto a docked ship where they disguise themselves as a European baron and general. In the same guises ... See full summary »

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Almeda Fowler ...
Dowager Hostess
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Host - Jenna's Father
Eddie Baker ...
Motorcycle Cop
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After running over a police officer's motorcycle, Ben and Billy are chased by the law onto a docked ship where they disguise themselves as a European baron and general. In the same guises they then invade a high society party with the gendarmes in close pursuit. Written by Jack Tillmany

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Weak Taxi Boys Entry
23 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Taxi Barons (1933)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Another weak entry in Hal Roach's "Taxi Boys" series has Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert playing cab drivers who accidentally run over a police motorcycle. They take off to hide and end up at a society party where they're mistaken for royalty but it doesn't take long for them to show what idiots they are. TAXI BARONS is certainly a major misfire as there isn't very much going for it and what it does have doesn't happen until the very end. You've seen countless mistaken identity comedies as Roach was an expert at them as was everyone going back to the Keystone days. This short really doesn't do anything new with the idea and we get the predictable scenes where the two idiots eventually show that they're not the people they're claiming to be. The finale has the boys sitting at the dinner table and making a mess out of everything because they don't understand the "rich" food. We've seen this type of humor before but Gilbert really works hard and manages to get a few laughs especially the scene with the turkey. Blue, on the other hand, comes across very annoying and doesn't add anything to the picture.


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