The taxi driver, for almost 100 years the taxi driver has appeared in many films as sort of an everyman. An honest tough job, the taxi driver’s daily struggles present challenges faced by many real life people: hard work for little money, troubled relationships, crime and even the effects of war. Hollywood has used the taxi driver as a means to connect with audiences, here are just a few funny to scary films that depict America’s every man and women, the Taxi driver and valued taxicabs.
Speedy Starring Harold Lloyd 1928
Produced by Hal Roach “Speedy” play by Harold Lloyd loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl’s grandfather) out of business, “Speedy” organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme.
Featured Cab Model T
The Taxi Boy Series 1932-1933 Starring Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert
Comedy impresario Hal Roach paired two irrepressible masters of slapstick, Ben Blue and Billy Gilbert, in The Taxi Boys, a rowdy series of shorts about taxi drivers released in 1932 and ’33.
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Stop That Cab starring Sid Melton 1951
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.
Featured cab: DeSoto Skyview
Yellow Cab Man starring Red Skelton 1950
Pirdy is accident prone. He has been denied insurance from every company in town because he is always getting hit or hurt in some way. On the day that he meets the lovely Ellen of the Yellow Cab Co., he also meets the crooked lawyer named Creavy. Pirdy is an inventor and when Creavy learns about elastic-glass, his new invention, he makes plans to steal the process. With the help of another con man named Doksteader, and the boys, he will steal this million dollar invention no matter who gets hurt
Feature cab: DeSoto Skyview
TAXI starring Dan Dailey 1953
A New York cab driver helps an Irish immigrant girl with a baby, locate her missing husband.
Featured cab DeSoto Skyview
On The Town Starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Betty Garrett 1949
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
Featured Cab DeSoto Skyview
A Catered Affair Starring Earnest Borgnine and Betty Davis 1956
For 12 years, a NYC cab driver has been saving money to buy his own cab and medallion, but now that he can, his wife wants to spend all of his money is going towards a wedding destroying his dream of owning a taxi
Featured cab 1952 DeSoto & 1950 Checker Model A
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Starring Spencer Tracy 1963
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. Some of the greatest car chases in film history, madcapped, slapstick epic comedy.
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Taxi Driver Starring Robert De Nero 1976
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Featured cab 1975 Checker
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