An incompetent and nearly illiterate man is fired at a taxi company. He sees a help wanted sign at a taxidermist and, thinking it has something to do with taxis, applies for a job. He's hired as the night watchman. Before the first night is over, he must deal with burglars, a mummy, a goose that needs stuffing, and an odd duck who claims to have a pet flea. Written by
Is it just me or was Ben Blue even more annoying this time?
I've seen several Taxi Boys shorts with Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert. For the most part, they are Hal Roach's copy of another one of their teams, Laurel & Hardy--with them playing similar roles to Stan and Ollie. However, in this one, the guys play different roles and don't even act together until about halfway through the film. Here Gilbert plays a dumb guy with a strong German accent and Ben Blue plays the most annoying Burlesque-style comic I have ever seen. So, while their other films aren't great, this one is just plain bad at times...thanks mostly to Blue.
The film begins with Gilbert destroying a cab and getting fired from his taxi job. Soon he sees a sign for a job for a taxidermist and thinks it's advertising for taxi drivers. Oddly, he is able to get the job has no idea what to do. Soon a truly moronic customer with a pet flea (Blue) enters the film...and the audience soon hates him. His manners are WAY over-exaggerated and he comes on VERY strong--sort of like grafting Huntz Hall with Ed Wynn...and then giving this abomination crack! He's pushy and comes on strong...way too strong.
Eventually the two get involved in some sort of haunted house--why, I don't really know. What happened to the original plot and what happened to them as the Taxi Boys?! By this point, the film ended and I was left wondering WHAT the heck I'd just seen. Frankly, I don't care...and have no interest in seeing it again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?