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The Yellow Cab Man (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 April 1950 (USA)
Pirdy is accident prone. He has been denied insurance from every company in town because he is always getting hit or hurt in some way. On the day that he meets the lovely Ellen of the ... See full summary »

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Augustus 'Red' Pirdy
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Ellen Goodrich (as Gloria De Haven)
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Dr. Byron Dokstedder
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Martin Creavy
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Mickey Corkins
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Hugo
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Pearson Hendricks
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Willis Tomlin (as Guy Anderson)
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Gimpy
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Danny
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Bride's Mother
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Pirdy is accident prone. He has been denied insurance from every company in town because he is always getting hit or hurt in some way. On the day that he meets the lovely Ellen of the Yellow Cab Co., he also meets the crooked lawyer named Creavy. Pirdy is an inventor and when Creavy learns about elastic-glass, his new invention, he makes plans to steal the process. With the help of another con man named Doksteader, and the boys, he will steal this million dollar invention no matter who gets hurt. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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7 April 1950 (USA)  »

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$2,599,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Finnish censorship visa # 032839. See more »

Quotes

Augustus 'Red' Pirdy: I was wondering what that thing was right before he hit me with it.
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Crazy Credits

During the title credit, dressed as a cabbie, Skelton falls down the stairs towards his taxi. He then appears in a hospital room and, speaking to the camera, says "this is my best cast yet". The camera pans down to his arm and then his legs where the film credits are written on his cast(s). See more »

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References You Can't Take It with You (1938) See more »

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Skelton Was Always Better Than his Movie Material
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And The Yellow Cab Man is a good example. Fitfully funny comedy has Skelton playing his usual bumbler, this time an inventor and cab driver. Most of the funny bits here belong to Skelton, but Walter Slezak has a few nice bits too. Storyline has Skelton inventing bendable glass and a crew of crooks after him for the formula. Edward Arnold is the ringleader. Gloria DeHaven is a blah leading lady here. James Gleason, Paul Harvey, Polly Moran, Herbert Anderson (billed here as Guy and later on TV as Gus), Jay C. Flippen, Charles Lane, Jody Gilbert, Dewey Robinson, and Tiny Jones co-star. The IMDb lists Mae Clarke, but I never spotted her. Arnold is his blustery self, and Slezak was always a terrific comic villain. The finale is memorable, coming out just before Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train," but with similar use of a carousel (in this case a rotating house). Skelton did better on TV, but his film career of 20 years or so (not counting cameos) was not inconsiderable. Skelton worked mostly for MGM, certainly not a studio known for its comedies. He might have fared better at a "lesser" studio. The film is notable also for its plethora of ugly DeSoto taxi cabs!


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