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Stop That Cab (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 30 March 1951 (USA)
The trials and tribulations of a cab driver working the night shift, who must put with an assortment of crazies, hardcases and sob stories during work and then has to come home to a loud, argumentative, shrewish wife.

Director:

Eugenio de Liguoro

Writers:

Walter Abbott (original screenplay), Louella MacFarlane (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sid Melton ... Sidney Gugenheimer
Iris Adrian ... Lucy
Marjorie Lord ... Mary Thomas
Tom Neal ... Lefty
William Haade ... Onslow
Greg McClure ... George
Chester Clute ... Lucy's Father
Minerva Urecal ... Lucy's Mother
Diane Garrett Diane Garrett ... The Actress
Mario Siletti ... Giuseppe Moscadella
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Josephine Moscadella
Jack Roper Jack Roper ... Butcher
Ed East Ed East ... Mr. Nash
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Newsboy (as Jess B. Kirkpatrick)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glen Denning Glen Denning ... Radio Master of Ceremonies (as Glenn Denning)
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Storyline

Sid is a Hollywood taxi-cab driver who works at night, and spends his days getting scolded by his wife Lucy. His adventures---real and dreamed---include a run-in with a gang of jewel thieves; a search conducted for a Hollywood radio-producer with a female quiz-program contestant; a the premature birth of a baby in in taxicab, and arguments with his visiting in-laws. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Riot turn only! The double-daffiest triple laffiest ride of your life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Four Wheels See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour package. See more »

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One of Melton's better films.
21 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

According to IMDb, there are two versions of the film--an original and one edited down for TV. This review is for the original version.

This film stars Sid Melton--a burlesque-style comic who made a few very undistinguished movie appearances during the 1950s (in fact, many of them were simply awful). Later, he gained some fame on "The Danny Thomas Show" and as Alf Monroe on TV's "Green Acres". Melton died just a couple months back at the ripe old age of 94.

Sid plays a cab driver married to a shrewish lady (Iris Adrian). You're bound to recognize Adrian if you like old-time television and films, as she had 160 appearances to her credit. Her bossy, loud-mouth character in "Stop That Cab" is pretty typical of the sort of roles she had over the years. As far as the plot goes, well, there really isn't much of one. Throughout the film, all kinds of bad things happen to Sid--though many of them turn out to be dreams. This episodic style, while far from brilliant, had a few decent moments here and there and seemed to fit Melton's style pretty well. Not a brilliant film, but very watchable and oddly entertaining.


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