The Art of Cinema #386


Taxi!
(Roy Del Ruth; 1932)

7 comments:

swac said...

Geez, how is it that this has never been released? I hope Warner has an all-Cagney pre-code set lined up somewhere along the line.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Favorite moment - Cagney speaks Yiddish.

VP81955 said...

Cagney nearly had a different co-star for this one. Warners wanted Carole Lombard, who was just starting at Paramount, but she considered a loanout detrimental to her career and declined...a move she would long regret. (Later on she changed her view of such things, which was wise on her part because other studios -- particularly Columbia -- knew how to use her better than Paramount did.

For more on Lombard and "Taxi!", go to

http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/65901.html

Tommy O'C said...

Where have they been hiding this chestnut?

Cagney also spoke Yiddish in "The Fighting 69th" and at least one other movie, as well as in real life.

Operator_99 said...

Taxi is a great bit of pre-code fun and excitement, with Jimmy in top form. It does play on TCM occasionally.

swac said...

There's a new essay on cabbies in the movies over at TCM's Movie Morlocks blog, part 1 of 2, written by the radiant moirafinnie. Well worth a look!

I hope she gets around to East Side of Heaven with Bing Crosby as a crooning cabbie who has to cope with an abandoned baby left in his hack (his only co-starring role with the goddess herself, Joan Blondell).

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