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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 ...
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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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Laurel & Hardy lite.
21 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While there were several different cast changes in this small-time Hal Roach series, the Taxi Boys were most often played by Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert. Here Blue and Gilbert are back in a film that is, like their others, highly reminiscent of a Laurel & Hardy film. This is not unintentional, as the fat and skinny comics play roles very similar to Stan and Ollie's. Being the skinny one, Ben plays the dumb Stan Laurel-type--though his rather effeminate and exaggerated mannerisms made him less enjoyable to watch.

Early in this film, the Boys destroy a policeman's motorcycle and they are being chased for some time. Eventually, they stumble into a fancy society party and are assumed to be the guests of honor--a Baron and his trusted General. Although it's obvious to everyone these are NOT who they claim to be, the society folk naturally don't realize the mistake--even when the supposed Baron and General have atrocious table manners.

While the situations are mildly amusing, the film is only okay--mostly because the pair aren't all that interesting. I did, however, like the very end--it was pretty clever.


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