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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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Star Frances Drake was not happy with her first picture at Fox under her new contract or her co-star Brian Donlevy ("... a very strange man. He never talked to anybody."See more »


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Brian Donlevy and Lon Chaney, 2 March 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

1937's "Midnight Taxi" supplied Brian Donlevy with another starring role similar to "Half Angel," a federal agent, 'Chick' Gardner, posing as a cab driver to ferret out a dangerous counterfeit ring. The opening sequence is striking: a taxi forces another car off the road, its driver perishing in the flames, then the cabbie (Harold Huber) sends his own taxi down the same embankment, hurling himself after it to make it look like a tragic accident. We quickly learn that the dead driver was about to offer the feds some critical information, but was found out. Alan Dinehart makes a smooth villain, as does Gilbert Roland, but it's delightful to find gorgeous Frances Drake among them, her presence a welcome distraction for Roland (whose advances are firmly rejected) and Gardner (whose tough resolve makes an impression on her). Memorable turns come from Sig Ruman, Harry Semels, James Flavin, Otto Hoffman, and Zeffie Tilbury. As two federal detectives, Lon Chaney and Regis Toomey are a study in contrasts; Chaney is listed eighth out of ten, while Toomey is billed dead last, yet Lon's superfluous role as Erickson hardly registers (only two or three lines), while Toomey excels as Hilton, enjoying a standout scene in Donlevy's cab, disguised as an old woman before reporting the results back to headquarters. At this stage of Chaney's career, he had hopes that 20th Century-Fox would be using him extensively, but his two years there only resulted in an unbroken string of unbilled bits, few featured roles (his Fox farewell found him ignominiously listed 31st out of 31 in 1939's "Jesse James"). Despite such sterling results, Donlevy soon found himself moving down from leading men to supporting villains, particularly in the aforementioned "Jesse James" (he's the one who kills Jesse's mother).

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