Flatmates, who drive for the Black and Blue Cab Company, are late for work. As one hustles out the door, a neighbor lady who has locked herself out, asks him for help. He obliges but her husband, who drives a cab for a rival company and is quick to jealousy, catches him with her, won't wait for an explanation, assumes the worst, and decides to make the cabbie's life miserable. He starts by tossing the offending man out the window, then knocks the poor guy's cab onto its side every time he sees him. Other inadvertent mistakes get the flatmate in trouble too. Is there any respite from the bully? Written by
Although I am a huge fan of Hal Roach shorts, I had never heard of his Taxi Boys series before seeing this one--and it certainly was an obscure series. Franklin Pangborn and Clyde Cook play the boys. Pangborn is playing a different character from his usually fastidious and rather effete character. As for Cook, he made a name for himself in silent film days playing in many comedy shorts--and it was nice to see him here in a talkie.
One thing to note about this film. While IMDb does not indicate this, I think the studio took clips from a silent film similar to "What Price Taxi" or perhaps a silent version of it (which is what I suspect) and inserted them throughout the film. That's because some of the scenes run too fast--which is what occurs when silent stock (filmed at between 16-22 frames per second) are used along with sound stock (which always runs at 24 frames per second). It doesn't severely impact the film but it is odd and easy to notice if you look for it.
Clyde and Franklin work as cab drivers. However, a rather hot-tempered drive from another company keeps trying to beat them up or run them off the road. Well, I guess that's one way to take care of your competition! Some of it's pretty funny--such as the scene where Pangborn is tossed out a window. Later, in scenes reminiscent of some of the Laurel & Hardy films (such as "Blockheads"--which ALSO starred Gilbert as the angry man), Clyde innocently gets stuck in the room with Gilbert's wife and he is ready to kill Clyde when he discovers them together. Can out two heroes survive the onslaught? Tune in and see.
Overall, not a bad film and it has several funny moments (I loved the telephone and ladder bits) but I wish they hadn't pieced the film together the way they did--it's just too obvious.
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