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Taxi! (1932)

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A tough, independent New York cabbie (James Cagney) stands up to a powerful taxi trust that is trying to monopolize the city. To help with his struggle the taxi driver rallies fellow independent drivers, but this leads to an unstoppable spiral of increasing violence that forces the culminates in a battle of wits. This is the first film in which Cagney displayed his considerable talents as a dancer. Another dancer George Raft was brought in by Cagney to perform during a dance contest segment.

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Cast

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' Kenny
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Cop with Jewish Man
Robert E. O'Connor
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
Evalyn Knapp
as Movie Star
Eddie Fetherstone
as Dance Judge
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Critic Reviews for Taxi!

All Critics (3)

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

March 11, 2012 | Full Review…

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.'

March 9, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Just what a Depression audience wanted to see.

April 28, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taxi!

Made just one year after 'The Public Enemy', James Cagney had truly made it in Hollywood when this film was made, and here he's engaging as always. However, while it's wonderful to see him dance a couple times (and to see George Raft dance as well), it's less than wonderful to see his character's pugnaciousness extending to threatening to hit his girlfriend (Loretta Young) several times. If you're sensitive to that, you may want to skip this one. Even at age 19, Young was practically an industry veteran given her filmography, and she turns in a good performance, both standing up to Cagney (at least to some extent) and falling for him. She also confessed to falling for him in real life, and maybe some of that chemistry shows. It's a tight script and story-telling from director Roy Del Ruth, but it is a little silly how much Young's character helps Cagney's enemy (David Landau). I loved the stock city shots in New York that are used in transitions, and the film zips along in its 69 minutes. The scene in the nightclub, with music by the Cotton Club Orchestra and some sexy dancing, is also a nice little bit of pre-code fun, as is Young briefly in her lingerie in a typical pre-code dressing scene. The main reason to watch the film, though, is to see Cagney's range. He's playful, romantic, speaks Yiddish, dances, and of course gets tough, busting off lines like "Come out and take it, you dirty yellow-bellied rat, or I'll give it to you through the door!" Despite its flaws, it's entertaining, and worth seeing.

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