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Taxi!
     

Taxi!

Director: Roy Del Ruth, James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone

Cast: Roy Del Ruth, James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone

 
A huge box office success and a key film in James Cagney's rise to stardom, this drama stars Cagney as Matt Nolan, a gritty New York City cab driver who is being squeezed by a monopolistic taxi trust which uses force to run him and other independent cabbies away from the most profitable locations. Nolan joins forces with Pop Riley (George Kibbee), whose cab is smashed

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A huge box office success and a key film in James Cagney's rise to stardom, this drama stars Cagney as Matt Nolan, a gritty New York City cab driver who is being squeezed by a monopolistic taxi trust which uses force to run him and other independent cabbies away from the most profitable locations. Nolan joins forces with Pop Riley (George Kibbee), whose cab is smashed by a truck when he refuses to cooperate with the syndicate. Kibbee is sent to prison for shooting at the truck driver. Nolan is dating his daughter, Sue (Loretta Young), and they enter a Peabody dance contest at a local nightclub. Cagney dances on screen for the first time, and so does George Raft as Willie Kenny, another dancing tough guy who was a friend of Cagney's, who pushed Warner Bros. to give Cagney the role. Nolan marries Sue Riley, and she tries to get him to cool down. But the taxi trust goons kill his brother Danny (Ray Cooke), and Nolan goes on a rampage. In several filmed gun battles, live machine-gun bullets are used, as they were in Cagney's famed The Public Enemy. This is the last time Cagney allowed that. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
"Come out and take it, you yellow-bellied rat," James Cagney snarls after cornering the hood that killed his younger brother. The line, with a bit of poetic license, has been quoted ever since and has become sort of a litmus test for any impersonator worth his salt. Cagney, needless to say, is at the top of his form in Taxi, an otherwise oddball gangster thriller that sometimes veers dangerously into parody. Not that Cagney is the only tough guy around; there is also George Raft, who, after defeating Cagney and partner Loretta Young in a dance contest, triumphantly sneers, "How do you like that, wise guy!" After which, Cagney simply slugs him. Even the otherwise so ladylike Young gets in on the act. Warned that "for two cents I'd knock the ears off you," Young retorts, "For less than that I'd slap your face!" Taxi is simply that kind of movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2012
UPC:
0883316450222
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
13,859

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Performance Credits
James Cagney Matt Nolan
Loretta Young Sue Reilly
George E. Stone Skeets
Guy Kibbee Pop Reilly
Leila Bennett Ruby
Dorothy Burgess Marie Costa
Matt McHugh Joe Silva
Donald Cook Actor
Evelyn Knapp Movie Star
Cotton Club Orchestra Themselves
David Landau Buck Gerard
Ray Cooke Danny Nolan
George Raft William "Willie" Kenny
Berton Churchill Mr. West
Aggie Herring Cleaning lady
George MacFarlane Father Nulty
Robert E. O'Connor Cop with Jewish man
Nat Pendleton Truckdriver
Lee Phelps Onlooker
Russell Powell Dance Judge
Hector V. Sarno Monument Salesman
Ben Taggart Cop
Harry Tenbrook Cabbie
Polly Walters Polly
Eddie Fetherstone Dance Judge
Jesse de Vorska Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
John Bright Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Editor
James Gibson Editor
Kubec Glasmon Screenwriter
Esdras Hartley Art Director
James Van Trees Cinematographer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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