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
After the demise of the "The Boyfriends" series Hal Roach hired Mack Sennett's ace director Del Lord to create a new series "The Taxi Boys". THUNDERING TAXIS was the last released in the short-lived series but was actually the first one filmed (according to comedy historian/guru Richard Roberts) and is one of the wilder examples of meshing silent film techniques with sound comedic stylings. Silent comedy veterans Billy Bevan and Clyde Cook are recruited to recreate their glory years. At one point the action stops so Cook can revisit a clam eating routine first performed by Bevan in WANDERING WILLIES (26). Lord goes all out using fast motion, mechanical (these taxis get bent , twisted and turned)and impossible gags (a cabbie's arm stretches to incredible lengths to retrieve an unpaid fare), and even animation (an old silent comedy dodge). In fact, if ever there was a live action cartoon this is it.
Bud Jamison leads a ragtag, misfit crew of cabbies who line up each morning for inspection and then promptly get toppled over like bowling pins. When a taxi war breaks (thanks to the lovely Muriel Evans, who once again loses her skirt)out they show what a true cowering, sniveling group they are. Cook and Bevan get pushed to the forefront of the fight but it's all about the gags - a taxis with headlights for eyes peer outside the garage to see if the coast is clear; lethal spits of tobacco juice break windshields, knock over whole cabs and make them spin like a top on the road. This short is not about plot or character development. Our two heroes are just as much props as the taxis are. Dirty tricks abound and when Bevan tries to retaliate he gets a telephone pole crashing upon his car for his troubles. Eventually a chase breaks out but by now all of the cabs on both sides are so damaged that it's more of a junk yard derby featuring bouncing heaps on the road.
All in all this is a fun short for lovers of sight gag comedy.
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