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John Patrick (screen play) &
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Release Date:
9 July 1937 (USA) See more »
A champion auto racer takes a job with a taxicab company being harassed by a gangster who wants to take over all the cab companies in town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Crashing Taxis See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rochelle Hudson ... Sybil Roberts

Brian Donlevy ... Bob 'Hurry' Kane

Barton MacLane ... Jim Barnes
Robert Kent ... Lee Martin

Harry Carey ... Dad Martin
Pauline Moore ... Dorothy Collins

Chick Chandler ... Windy Bowman
William Pawley ... Mac
Francis McDonald ... Louie
George Walcott ... Danny Horton (as George Wolcott)
Joseph Crehan ... District Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Garage Mechanic (uncredited)
Chick Collins ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Dora - at the Race Track (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Martin's Mechanic (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Garage Foreman (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Barnes' Lawyer (uncredited)
Mary MacLaren ... Nurse (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Frank Marlowe ... Mobster (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Garage Owner (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Kane's Co-Driver (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Henry Otho ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Patient (uncredited)
Gloria Roy ... Claire - at the Race Track (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Driver (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Martin's Mechanic (uncredited)
Richard Terry ... Gimp - Gas truck Driver (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Mayor (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm St. Clair 
Gustav Machatý (uncredited)
Writing credits
John Patrick (screen play) &
Robert Ellis (screen play) and
Helen Logan (screen play)

Jack Andrews (based on a story by)

Lige Conley  contributing writer (uncredited)
Alfred Golden  contributing writer (uncredited)
Edwin Olmstead  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Milton Feld .... associate producer (as Milton H. Feld)
Sol M. Wurtzel .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Daniel B. Clark (photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Troffey (film editor)
Art Direction by
Chester Gore 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy (costumes) (as Herschel)
Production Management
Ed Ebele .... production manager (uncredited)
Robert E. Goux .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Schneider .... assistant director (as Samuel Schneider)
Tom Dudley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Fremdling .... assistant props (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Harold Hammack .... assistant props (uncredited)
Al Orenbach .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
S.C. Chapman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Bob Bertrand .... boom operator (uncredited)
Charles Cohl .... cable person (uncredited)
Harold A. Root .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Gordon Carveth .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Blanke .... gaffer (uncredited)
Curt Fetters .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Kelly .... best boy (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank McDonald .... assistant camera (uncredited)
H. Romney .... best boy (uncredited)
Verne Simmons .... grip (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hassett .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
LeVaughn Larson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Other crew
Emily Baldwin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Edwin H. Curtis .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frank Henry .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rose Steinberg .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
59 min (FMC Library Print) (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #3438) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Due to a filming accident in which he injured two fingers of his left hand, Brian Donlevy spends almost the entire film with the hand in question either in his pocket, heavily gloved or somehow out of sight. It's finally revealed in its bandaged late in the final sequence.See more »
Continuity: When "Hurry" Kane drops Sybil off at the county jail there is minimal damage to the taxi. In the next scene the taxi pulls into the garage with substantial damage.See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Crashing Taxis, 29 November 2006
Author: boblipton from New York City

This fast-paced Fox programmer -- originally issued at 78 minutes, although the version I saw was cut to just under an hour -- looks a lot like its Warner Brothers counterparts, B movies modeled on Jimmy Cagney vehicles. Brian Donleavy does a good job in the lead role, playing the cocky, brash young hot shot, although he lacks the detail work of Cagney.

The piece, however, is a lot more violent than the equivalent Warner's fare, as Donleavy goes seeking trouble, rather than snapping into it when it finds him. top-billed Rochelle Hudson is pretty good as the moll/love interest and the bill is filled out with a fine supporting cast, particularly by Harry Carey, always solid and believable. But the script lacks the sense of exposing the social ills that usually infused the Warners actioneers, and the direction and camera work, although competent, are not top notch. A decent, if unexceptional movie.

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