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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)
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Dr. Byron Dokstedder
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Martin Creavy
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Mickey Corkins
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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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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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Der Unglücksrabe  »

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Augustus 'Red' Pirdy: Well I know I went to the North Pole!
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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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One of Red's Too Few But Better Films
27 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is better than some of Red's other movie efforts in that he has some better supporting actors in it. Wish Red had a chance to make more movies than he did in his career but shortly after this started his record run on television. That took away a lot of his time for making movies.

This film is quite short at less than 90 minutes but most of the best comedy films are short. They don't get stuck in long & possibly boring sequences & they don't do the same joke over & over again. This film fits that model quite well.

Red was a classic clown who is sorely missed in todays "over the top & down & dirty comedy era". He had a class that shows in films like this one & his old television programs. This film is still a very watchable example of that.


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