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Taxi! (1932)

Taxi! (1932)






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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2012
Warner Bros.


James Cagney
as Matt Nolan
Loretta Young
as Sue Reilly
Dorothy Burgess
as Marie Costa
Guy Kibbee
as Pop Riley
David Landau
as Buck Gerard
Ray Cooke
as Danny Nolan
Matt McHugh
as Joe Silva
Evelyn Knapp
as Movie Star
George MacFarlane
as Father Nulty
Nat Pendleton
as Truckdriver
Berton Churchill
as Judge West
Lee Phelps
as Onlooker
George Raft
as William `Willie' Ken...
Robert E. O'Connor
as Cop with Jewish man
Robert Emmett O'Conn...
as Cop with Jewish Man
Russ Powell
as Dance Judge
Eddie Fetherston
as Dance Judge
Russell Powell
as Dance Judge
Hector V. Sarno
as Monument Maker
Aggie Herring
as Cleaning Woman
Donald Cook
as Movie Star
Eddie Fetherstone
as Dance Judge
Evalyn Knapp
as Movie Star
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Critic Reviews for Taxi!

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

How can you refuse a film that embraces non-violent arbitration and still gives a pass to Cagney taking revenge?

Full Review… | March 11, 2012
Parallax View

Is James Cagney the greatest movie star in history? Watching 'Taxi!,' it's hard to vote no. As active as a terrier, as combustible as dynamite, he was made for motion pictures; he's so kinetic he threatens to ignite, like Johnny Blaze in 'Ghost Rider.'

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Just what a Depression audience wanted to see.

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Taxi!

Cagney speaks Yiddish! For real, as he was moderately fluent in the language in real life. Only screen pairing of Cagney and Loretta Young.

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