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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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Walter Slezak ...
Dr. Byron Dokstedder
Martin Creavy
Mickey Corkins
Paul Harvey ...
Pearson Hendricks
Herbert Anderson ...
Willis Tomlin (as Guy Anderson)
John Butler ...
John Indrisano ...
Polly Moran ...
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Release Date:

7 April 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Unglücksrabe  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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