I wonder if Jackie Gleason was very familiar with this series? Everyone comments on the fact that Gleason's Ralph Kramden and Carney's Ed Norton owe a lot to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy -- but I find that Gleason's characterization owes a lot more to Billy Gilbert in this movie, one of the Roach studio's 'Taxi Boys' series, teaming Gilbert with Ben Blue.
Hal Roach was always on the lookout for new ideas for short subjects series, and the idea of upgrading dependable second banana Gilbert to lead and teaming him with the acrobatic Blue must have been irresistible. A taxi garage would give endless opportunity for working class humor -- consider the success of the TV series TAXI half a century later. Nor could the fact that the director had done a similar series for Sennet a few years earlier have hurt. However, Gilbert and Blue lack any substantial chemistry -- and independent short subject studios were on their way out, unable to compete with the majors like RKO, who would give you Leon Erroll and Edgar Kennedy, or Columbia, who would give you the Three Stooges or Andy Clyde for much less.
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