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Taxi (1932)

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 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taxi, Please See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney spoke fluent Yiddish, and in this film got the opportunity to demonstrate it. 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: Say, where did you go last night? I stood in front of that cigar store so long they took me for an Indian!
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Connections

Spoofed in Bollywood (1994) 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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This Has It All
18 April 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Roy Del Ruth's early movies are roller-coasters of nonstop excitement. He seemed to lose a lot of his style and passion once the Code was issued. His pre-Code movies, though, seem very modern: They're funny, naughty, touching, and shocking -- sometimes all at once.

"Taxi" is one of his best. It's also one of my favorite James Cagney movies. In this, he weeps when he learns that a family member has died. It's a full-frontal shot and very daring. How many leading men of his era would dared this? In the same movie, he slugs his girlfriend Loretta Young (always very appealing here.) He's funny, believable, and violent.

I like Guy Kibbee in the sort of sympathetic role he plays here. He is Young's father. Leila Bennett is an unlikely movie presence. She's gawky and goofy. But as Young's roommate, she's fun and adds to the general excellence of "Taxi."


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