The night and next morning in the lives of a taxi driver and a couple who's eloping. The groom doesn't want to wake his bride's father on the night of the elopement, but Ben the cabbie gets a few things wrong. Next morning, after the wedding, while the newlyweds nap in the back seat, Ben has traffic problems. When he can't get the hack started, the police insist he push the cab out of the way. Not wanting to wake the couple, he gets help from Billy, a fellow cabbie, and the push turns into an adventure that ends in court. Written by
Note: In 1928, Del Lord ALSO directed another short by the same name. Whether or not this 1932 film is a remake is uncertain--but highly likely.
This is one of the Taxi Boys shorts--a series I had never heard about until tonight--and I am surprised as I am a huge early comedy buff. It seems that the actors playing these parts varied quite a bit but all the films short comedies involving cab drivers. In the previous Taxi Boys film, the stars were Clyde Cook and Franklin Pangborn--here they are Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert (who played the heavy in the other film I saw from the series). While the results weren't bad at all, Blue's odd delivery and effete manners were a bit off-putting. But, there were some nice sight gags (and a very weird courtroom gag at the end) and a decent number of laughs over all. Considering that few Taxi Boys comedies were made, however, they needed these films to be a lot better than "not bad".
By the way, the car pushing bit is from the silent days, as I saw a variation on it from the silent comedy compilation "When Comedy Was King". However, liberal 'borrowing' of ideas from previous films was not uncommon in the good old days!
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