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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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Pearson Hendricks
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Willis Tomlin (as Guy Anderson)
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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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Ride and roar with Red Skelton!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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7 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Der Unglücksrabe  »

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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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Trivia

This film marked Richard Goldstone's debut as an M-G-M producer. According to a Nov 1948 HR news item, Harry Ruskin was originally set to produce the film. The distortion effect sequence in the film was created by renowned press photographer Weegee (the adopted nickname of Arthur H. Fellig), who also appears in a bit role as a cab driver. According to an Apr 1949 HR news item, Jimmy Durante was set to play a veteran cab driver in the film. An Aug 1949 HR news item lists Jill Donohue in the cast, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The film marked the final screen appearance of stage and screen actress Polly Moran, who began her film career in the silent era and who co-starred in several M-G-M comedies with Marie Dressler. Moran died in 1952 (AFI). See more »

Quotes

Augustus 'Red' Pirdy: Well I know I went to the North Pole!
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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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Elastic Glass
4 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Yellow Cab Man is another of Red Skelton's madcap big screen comedies where Red plays an eccentric inventor who is also accident prone. So accident prone is he that he can't get insurance no way, no how. So what does he become in lieu of a modest settlement and for signing a quitclaim given him by agent Gloria DeHaven, a cabdriver for the Yellow Cab company.

Because of his tendency for the unfortunate, Red's invented himself a version of plexiglass, a shatter proof glass he calls elastic glass. Can't break it short of a bullet being fired into it. But he hasn't copyrighted the formula. And some unscrupulous people led by bottom feeding shyster lawyer Edward Arnold and medicine show charlatan Walter Slezak will do anything to steal the formula.

Red's a true babe in the woods in this film, but it's amazing how schnooks like him get some really good looking women to fall for him like Gloria DeHaven. Arnold and Slezak look like they're having a great old time. Usually both of them when they play villains exude a quiet menace, but here they are both outrageously overacting and the audience joins in on the fun.

The Yellow Cab Man is a treat for Red Skelton's legion of fans.


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