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The Yellow Cab Man (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  7 April 1950 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Augustus 'Red' Pirdy
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Ellen Goodrich (as Gloria De Haven)
Walter Slezak ...
Dr. Byron Dokstedder
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Martin Creavy
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Mickey Corkins
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Hugo
Paul Harvey ...
Pearson Hendricks
Herbert Anderson ...
Willis Tomlin (as Guy Anderson)
John Butler ...
Gimpy
John Indrisano ...
Danny
Polly Moran ...
Bride's Mother
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Unglücksrabe  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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Red Skelton is good and better than his material
29 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Skelton was never as popular as the other leading comics of his day including Hope, Crooner/Comic Crosby, Danny Kaye, Abbott and Costello for a while and many others but his movies made money as this one did too. The concept of this movie is not original but congenial and in an era of remakes would a nice, tidy vehicle for a Ben Stiller type. Watching Skelton convincingly bungle and bumble his way through scene after scene is a complete hoot. The jokes come naturally and to me, he is better at delivering these jokes than Bob Hope ever was. The mad cap finale is generally fun in this warm two hander with Gloria de haven. And direction is generally snappy and on point as our cab driver causes obvious hijinks in this on the nose but funny tale.


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