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Taxi di notte (1950)

A taxi driver, with singing ambitions, finds an abandoned baby in his cab and begins to look for his mother. He doesn't find her but succeeds in finding two people who want to adopt the ... See full summary »


Carmine Gallone


Bruno D'Agostini (story from his article in "Giornale d'Italia"), Aldo De Benedetti


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beniamino Gigli ... Nello Spadoni
Danielle Godet ... Laura Morani
Philippe Lemaire ... Alberto Franchi
Virginia Belmont ... Luisa Forenti
Carlo Ninchi ... Forenti, l'industriale
William Tubbs William Tubbs ... Mr. William Simon
Jone Morino Jone Morino ... Signora Forenti
Aroldo Tieri Aroldo Tieri ... Conte Tattini
Giuseppe Varni Giuseppe Varni ... Maggiordomo
Giuseppe Rinaldi Giuseppe Rinaldi ... Il ragioniere innamorato di Luisa
Renzo De Luca Renzo De Luca ... Il piccolo abbandonato in taxi
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri
Franco Coop Franco Coop
Peppino Spadaro Peppino Spadaro
Edda Soligo Edda Soligo


A taxi driver, with singing ambitions, finds an abandoned baby in his cab and begins to look for his mother. He doesn't find her but succeeds in finding two people who want to adopt the child. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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The World's Greatest Tenor Back Again in a New Film






Italy | France



Release Date:

15 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Singing Taxi Driver See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Con la pioggia o con la Luna
(Canzone del Taxi)
Words by Michele Galdieri (as M. Galdieri)
Music by Dan Caslar
Sung by Beniamino Gigli
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Sing and you will feel better!
30 May 2004 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

This is a silly-plotted vehicle for the great Italian tenor, Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), and he was certainly in a good number of them. In this movie he is Nello Spadoni, a cheery singing taxi driver in Rome. (The U.S. title was indeed "The Singing Taxi Driver.") Most of the movie, when he is not singing at various festivities for friends, like at the birthday party he is given at the film's start, is spent trying to track down whoever left the little baby in the back seat of the cab, probably a distraught young lady passenger who wants to rid herself of the child. Philippe Lemaire and Danielle Godet play a young couple who, after some soul searching, decide to adopt the foundling. The musical selections range from Leoncavallo and Donizetti to some lilting popular numbers. Providing an amusing subplot is the American impresario played by the amusing and portly William C. Tubbs, remembered as the U.S. chaplain in Rossellini's "Paisan" and as the stereotypical American in that same director's "La macchina ammazzacattivi" and other Italian movies of the period. His inimitable Italian voice and presence give this film additional character. Our hero Nello dismisses him as a prankster, then tries to track him down when he realizes that the man was serious in offering him an opera contract. Carmine Gallone, a specialist in musical and operatic films, directed this amiable fluff with a light touch. "Sing and you will feel better," Nello insists. Good advice.

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