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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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  (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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Brian Donlevy is a cocky cabby in ..., 16 February 2013
Author: calvinnme from United States

... a fast-paced one hour B from 20th Century Fox, although with its quick pace and tough protagonist, this could easily have been a Warner Brothers film of the same era with Cagney or Bogart playing Donlevy's part. Interesting parallel to Warner Brothers here - Warner Brothers would recycle the same plot ad nauseum under various monikers, but Fox often would give a film the same name as a past successful one and give it a plot that had nothing to do with the first. "Born Reckless", for example, was a John Ford film from 1930 about a gangster ordered to join the army by a judge.

Here Donlevy plays Bob 'Hurry' Kane, an auto racer that, in the first 5 minutes of the film, wins a race with a sizable purse, loses it all on wine women and song, then penniless hitches a ride in a freight car with some other hobos to see an old friend. Now that first five minutes is just to show that Kane is a wild and unpredictable guy of questionable character, and the fact that you're really not sure about his motives or his loyalty all through this short film is part of what holds your interest. That old friend's cab business is under attack by the mob for holding out against joining their protection racket - the mob is constantly crashing into the taxis of the non-member cab companies and claiming they were accidents. The mob is run by that baddie of 30's B's, Barton McLane as Jim Barnes. Kane, being a great driver, offers to give the bad guys a taste of their own medicine, and you've got to wonder how Barnes ever got as far as he did in the mob with some of the bone-headed moves he makes.

This one is lots of fun and I recommend it if only to see Donlevy playing it reckless and with a smile for a change, very much like Cagney's roles when he was on the right side of the law in the 30's. It's just a shame that Harry Carey as the owner of the family cab company Kane is trying to help didn't get more lines.

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