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Taxi (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 23 January 1932 (USA)
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 ... Danny Nolan
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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

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Trivia

Cagney was in the dance contest with Loretta Young as his partner, and curiously, ex-hoofer and future star George Raft was his opponent vying for the first-place cup. 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

Ruby: [to Sue] I wish I could meet some big Spaniard with a lot of money. You know, I'm getting to the point where I ain't as particular as I used to be. I'll marry any guy that's got a collar and shirt, and if it comes to a pinch, marry him without the shirt.
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Connections

Spoofed in One, Two, Three (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1917) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Shelton Brooks
Played by the band for the final number in the dance contest
Danced by James Cagney, Loretta Young, George Raft and his unidentified partner
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Great Fun
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Taxi (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Silly but extremely entertaining crime film from Warner deals with two rival cab companies who resort to violence to settle business. James Cagney leads one side of the fight while slowly falling for the girl (Loretta Young) who lost her father in the taxi wars. This is certainly a silly film but if you enjoy watching Cagney kick ass then this is highly entertaining. The film opens with Cagney knocking around a few guys and continues throughout the film, which runs a very fast 68-minutes and doesn't have one dry moment the whole way through. One of the men Cagney beats is played by a young George Raft who smarts off after a dance contest. Cagney is as fast and as wild as he has ever been and his performance is top-notch. Young is also very good in her role as his wife as she must try and talk Cagney out of seeking vengeance on the man who killed his brother. The screenplay is rather smart even though most of its just there for the action but this is the perfect time killer and great fun for fans of the two stars. George E. Stone, Guy Kibbee and Leila Bennett co-star.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.20 : 1
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