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5 April 1937 (USA) See more »
A federal agent goes to work for a taxi company believing it to be a front for a gang of counterfeiters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brian Donlevy ... Charles 'Chick' Gardner

Frances Drake ... Gilda Lee
Alan Dinehart ... Philip Strickland

Sig Ruman ... John B. Rudd

Gilbert Roland ... Flash Dillon

Harold Huber ... Walter 'Lucky' Todd
Paul Stanton ... Agent J. W. McNeary

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Detective Erickson
Russell Hicks ... Barney Flagg

Regis Toomey ... Hilton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
DeWitt Jennings ... Capt. Wainwright (scenes deleted)

Agnes Ayres ... Society Woman (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Copy Reader (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Officer Murray (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Doc Wilson (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective McCormick (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... G-Man (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Monte (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Detective Morton (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Louie the Tailor (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Sailor (uncredited)

Paul McVey ... Robert Powers - Photograph (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Chief of Detectives (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Sailor (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Dazetta (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Buck (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Joe - Counterman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Lane (uncredited)
Hughey White ... Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Jefferson (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugene Forde 
Writing credits
Borden Chase (based on the story by)

John Patrick (screenplay) &
Lou Breslow (screenplay)

Produced by
Milton Feld .... associate producer (as Milton H. Feld)
Original Music by
Samuel Kaylin 
Cinematography by
Barney McGill 
Film Editing by
Alfred DeGaetano 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy 
Sound Department
S.C. Chapman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Music Department
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved (certificate #3123)

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A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation.See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Eugene Forde's Best Film, 29 April 2009
Author: JohnHowardReid

Two interesting Fox 1937 "B" movies, both starring Brian Donlevy as a cab-driver, are available on a VintageFilmBuff DVD. The better of the two is Midnight Taxi, which has the advantage of a superior support cast in Alan Dinehart at his most menacingly stylish; Harold Huber sans ridiculous accent in one of his most convincing performances (yes, he does overact in one scene, but in that little bit he's supposed to be putting on an act); Gilbert Roland, who makes a surprisingly effective heavy; Sig Rumann, chillingly underplaying his unforgettable entrance; and Frances Drake as our charmingly crooked heroine. I was surprised to note the names Lon Chaney Jr, and Regis Toomey in the end credits. I hadn't noticed them at all, so I ran the movie again. They both play treasury men and in their scenes they are completely shaded by James Flavin and Norman Willis who enjoy just about all the dialogue, plus all the close-ups and all the action. Production values are remarkably high for a "B", and director Eugene Forde has taken advantage of this largess to snap up the pace and super-charge the action. Strikingly moody noirish photography from Barney McGill also helps. John Patrick and Lou Breslow take credit for the snappy script which also supplies some wonderfully vivid dialogue for masterful but little-known players like Harry Semels as the sleazy café proprietor who just manages to beat the rap.

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