Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They ...
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Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They have plans to expand and already have their second cab in their garage, lacking only a motor. Tim, led into a burlesque theatre by a rich drunk, Reginald Van Nostrum, who has rented the cab for the day, falls in love at first sight with dancer Sadie O'Brien, who has also caught the eye of gangster Louis Glorio, and the latter is none too thrilled with Tim's courtship of Sadie. The latter though is taken also with Tim, and barely even knows that Glorio has staked a claim on her. She gives two of Glorio's henchman, Stretch and Joe the money to buy a motor for Tim and Eddie's second cab. The two, in an economy move, steal the motor from the first cab and install it in the second cab. Meanwhile, Glorio has his henchman Silk plant guns and booze in the boy's cab, while they are playing baseball, and the ...Written by
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The third and final film in the Hal Roach series (the first two are BROOKLYN ORCHID and TWO MUGS FROM BROOKLYN) has William Bendix and Joe Sawyer at a taxi convention where they're being honored for their longevity in the business. Sawyer's girlfriend then asks how they started and we flashback to their early days when they only had one cab and how this grew with the help of a gangster. If you're looking for any high-tech piece of art then you're certainly not going to find it in this film, which clearly suffers from its low budget and obvious rush-job to get it in a theater. I don't think anyone could watch this film and think any time or effort went into it as it was clearly just meant to fit the bottom half of a double bill. With that said, if you enjoyed the first two films then you'll probably enjoy this one as they're all three pretty much the same. We get a lot of fast jokes but not many of them made me laugh to be honest. At just 47-minutes the film moves along fast enough to where you shouldn't get bored with it but at the same time there's simply nothing here to really recommend. I'm a major fan of Sawyer as I find him charming enough to watch so this added a little entertainment for me. Bendix isn't that bad in his part and there's no question the two actors have some chemistry together. Sheldon Leonard plays the gangster and isn't too bad either. TAXI, MISTER certainly isn't a masterpiece or even a good film but if you enjoy this type of "B" movie then there are certainly worse ways to spend an hour.
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