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The Yellow Cab Man (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 April 1950 (USA)
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 »


Jack Donohue


Devery Freeman (screenplay), Albert Beich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Augustus 'Red' Pirdy
Gloria DeHaven ... Ellen Goodrich (as Gloria De Haven)
Walter Slezak ... Dr. Byron Dokstedder
Edward Arnold ... Martin Creavy
James Gleason ... Mickey Corkins
Jay C. Flippen ... Hugo
Paul Harvey ... Pearson Hendricks
Herbert Anderson ... Willis Tomlin (as Guy Anderson)
John Butler ... Gimpy
John Indrisano ... Danny
Polly Moran ... Bride's Mother


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 Yellow Cab Co., he also meets the crooked lawyer named Creavy. Pirdy is an inventor and when Creavy learns about elastic-glass, his new invention, he makes plans to steal the process. With the help of another con man named Doksteader, and the boys, he will steal this million dollar invention no matter who gets hurt. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A riot on wheels! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

7 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Unglücksrabe See more »


Box Office


$1,195,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,599,000, 31 December 1950
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Finnish censorship visa # 032839. See more »


When the little boy rises off the ground after grabbing the large balloon, it can be seen that he is being lifted by a harness. The back of the collar of his jacket has a wire attached. See more »


Augustus 'Red' Pirdy: [hypnotized] I'm going back... I'm going back...
[flashback of him as a baby in a crib with his sister, kiddie voice]
Augustus 'Red' Pirdy: I is back! I am very wittle and so is my twin sister. I love my sister, but most of all I love Raggedy Arebella.
[takes his sister's doll]
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Crazy Credits

During the title credit, dressed as a cabbie, Skelton falls down the stairs towards his taxi. He then appears in a hospital room and, speaking to the camera, says "this is my best cast yet". The camera pans down to his arm and then his legs where the film credits are written on his cast(s). See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A Skelton Romp
2 November 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Some belly laughs in this Skelton madcap. As usual Red plays a good-hearted schlemiel who stumbles from one mishap to the next, but somehow muddles through to win the girl (Gloria DeHaven) and the climax. Here he's an amateur inventor and Yellow Cab man battling veteran baddies Walter Slezak and Edward Arnold.

A great job by the writers. The comedy set-ups are consistently funny and inventive from the mine-field opening of Red walking down the street to the whirlwind close at the L A Home Show . (Forget the muddled story-line which is just a handy post to hang the hi-jinks on.) This was just the kind of slapstick that Skelton could turn into a wild and crazy romp, and he does. .

Catch the great comedic architecture in the early sequence that builds hilariously from the baby-sitting beginning to the nine-one-one close. Too bad this kind of engineering has largely disappeared from today's movie screen. Then too, the crib scene with Red playing both his toddler self and infant sister amounts to 60 second knee-slapper.

In fact, there are a number of special effects scenes that work up more than a few chuckles. But the North Pole dream has something of a nightmarish undercurrent as does Red's getting shoved into the mixer.

I guess my only complaints are the cheapness of the street sets and the dull-grayish quality of the filming (at least, in my copy). Coming from big-budget MGM, such cost-cutters affecting overall quality seem surprising.

Nonetheless, this is a fine little post-war flick whose futuristic house at the Home Show expresses something of the surging spirit of a 1950's America then on the economic upswing.

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