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Taxi! (1932)

Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Kenyon Nicholson (based on the play by), Kubec Glasmon (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Matt Nolan
Loretta Young ... Sue Riley Nolan
George E. Stone ... Skeets
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Riley
Leila Bennett ... Ruby
Dorothy Burgess ... Marie Costa
David Landau ... Buck Gerard
Ray Cooke Ray Cooke ... Danny Nolan
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Storyline

Amidst a backdrop of growing violence and intimidation, independent cab drivers struggling against a consolidated juggernaut rally around hot-tempered Matt Nolan. Nolan is determined to keep competition alive on the streets, even if it means losing the woman he loves. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taxi, Please See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leila Bennett, as nonstop-talking Ruby, has more lines than stars James Cagney and Loretta Young. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in New York City, the exterior scene between the 3 taxicabs was obviously filmed in Los Angeles, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the correct locale. See more »

Quotes

Skeets: [looking admiringly at Sue's legs as she climbs up the stairs of the el train] Well, anyway, she's got a nice pair of pins.
Matt Nolan: Ah, I wouldn't go for that dame if she was the last woman on Earth and I just got out of the navy.
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Soundtracks

Georgia on My Mind
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
Played by the Cotton Club Orchestra
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"I'd like to bury the hatchet, right in their thick skulls."
7 April 2008 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Matt Nolan (James Cagney) is a cab driver, but a group of new cabbies are trying to muscle into the area. They use intimidation and force when they feel it is necessary which tends to be sooner rather than later. Take Pop Riley (Guy Kibbee) for example. He'd been running the same route for years until the new gang came to town and decided they didn't want the competition. They totaled his car and got him sent to prison when he retaliated. His little girl Sue (Loretta Young) doesn't want to see anyone else suffer the same fate, so when she falls in love with Matt, she does her best to keep his temper under control. It isn't easy, especially when the opposing group starts harassing him.

Roy Del Ruth keeps the story exciting with the typical Warner Brother's format. Taxi! features a great cast, quick dialogue, fast action, and a short run time. Cagney is the true star of the movie; he can lay it on thick with the romantic scenes, pop out the cocky one-liners like no other, and even dance around like a pro. (We are treated to a preview of his talents; they would not be utilized in film until a few years later.) Young is absolutely beautiful, as she is in all of her pre-code movies, and her acting abilities hold up against Cagney's. Also notable are the sidekicks of the two leads: Leila Bennett and George E. Stone who play great backup.

This movie is definitely worth catching late night on TCM.


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