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Taxi, Mister (1943)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  16 April 1943 (USA)
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Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They ... See full summary »

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Grace Bradley ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Eddie Corbett
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Gangster Louis Glorio / The Frisco Ghost
Joe Devlin ...
Henchman Stretch
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Reginald Van Nostrum - the Drunk
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Sig Arno ...
Henri, Waiter
Clyde Fillmore ...
Alderman Hogan, ex-Baseball Umpire
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Lew Kelly ...
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Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They have plans to expand and already have their second cab in their garage, lacking only a motor. Tim, led into a burlesque theatre by a rich drunk, Reginald Van Nostrum, who has rented the cab for the day, falls in love at first sight with dancer Sadie O'Brien, who has also caught the eye of gangster Louis Glorio, and the latter is none too thrilled with Tim's courtship of Sadie. The latter though is taken also with Tim, and barely even knows that Glorio has staked a claim on her. She gives two of Glorio's henchman, Stretch and Joe the money to buy a motor for Tim and Eddie's second cab. The two, in an economy move, steal the motor from the first cab and install it in the second cab. Meanwhile, Glorio has his henchman Silk plant guns and booze in the boy's cab, while they are playing baseball, and the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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8 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For the third and final film in the William Bendix-Joe Sawyer two guys from Brooklyn series, Hal Roach decided on a trip down memory lane to the Roaring Twenties when our guys were just getting started in the cab business. Back then Bendix and Corbett were not millionaires yet, but blue collar guys in fact as well as attitude.

They're splitting driving a cab day and night at that point and one afternoon when Bendix escorts a drunken Jack Norton to the burlesque house he meets the love of his life and falls big for Grace Bradley, strutting herself on the stage. Actually due to some of Norton's antics she falls off the stage and in Bendix's lap.

Since gangster Sheldon Leonard is also interested in Bradley, he takes a dim view of Bendix's attentions. But he uses him and nearly gets him framed for having bootleg booze and a tommy gun in his cab which were planted.

I think you can tell where this is going and since we've seen the other two previous films the audiences of 1943 already knew how this would turn out. Bendix's native Brooklynisms are scattered throughout the script, we sympathize with him more than Leonard does when the police give him the 'Thoity Thoid' degree. Frank Faylen and Mike Mazurki are here also as an amiable pair of thugs working for Leonard and Iris Adrian is always good as the smart mouth waitress.

This was the end of the series because Bendix was now with Paramount and Hal Roach no longer had his services. But Tim McGuerin lived on as Bendix created Chester A. Riley another lovable Brooklynite for the radio and small screen.

A nice low budget comedy from Hal Roach from a two short and forgotten series of films.


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