Thundering Taxis (1933)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  24 June 1933 (USA)
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Rival Taxi Companies compete for business and make a slapstick mess of everything.


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Credited cast:
Clyde Cook ...
One of the Taxi Boys
One of the Taxi Boys
Blackie Whiteford ...
Boss of Blocker Cab Company
Muriel Evans ...
Mrs. Blocker
William Gillespie ...
Al Thompson ...
Traffic Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bud Jamison ...
Boss of Black & Blue Cab Company


The wife of the owner of the Blacker Cab Company thinks a driver from a rival company has gotten fresh with her. He hasn't - it was an innocent mistake - but try telling that to her and her husband. He declares war on his rival, the Black and Blue Cab Company, and we watch his boys take out his anger on the Black and Blue team, particularly the driver in the initial misunderstanding and his closest friend. Will anyone live through the war and will any cab be left in drivable condition? Written by <>

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Short | Comedy





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24 June 1933 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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More Sennett than Roach
21 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one must have been made before Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert became the stars of the Taxi Boys. Director Del Lord was well known in the silent era for his stunts with car chases. As usual, he does not disappoint here. However, this film does not take advantage of the possibilities of sound. It is essentially a silent film. Silent comics Billy Bevan and Clyde Cook are the main focus. It is nice to see Lord favorite Bud Jamison as the manager of a taxi company. This plot less wonder had two reels of car gags with some time out for Cook to do the famous oyster stew routine. It was first done by Bevan at Sennett in the 20s and was done to perfection by Curly Howard at Columbia. Cook has no dialogue at all and Bevan very little. Bevan does not even look like the Bevan character. Where is the walrus mustache? Blue and Gilbert brought some humanity to this series. Without them, it is all about action. A big plus is the familiar LeRoy Shield background music mixed with some lesser known pieces. For once the music editor added some interesting music staying away from the all too familiar "Sliding" which seems to show up in every Roach comedy of this period.

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