The Yellow Cab Man (1950)

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Obviously inspired by the success of Red Skelton's The Fuller Brush Man, The Yellow Cab Man stars Skelton as a Rube Goldberg-type inventor who can't seem to stay out of trouble. He also can't hold down a job, either, much to the consternation of girl friend Gloria De Haven. Through the auspices of cab driver James Gleason, Red is hired by the Yellow Cab company, nearly losing his job on the very first day when he gets mixed up in a chaotic wedding reception (in her last feature film appearance, Polly Moran is screamingly funny as the bride's mother). It's all over for Red when he attempts to demonstrate his latest invention, break-proof glass-resulting in a bad bop on the noggin for boss Paul Harvey. Our hero redeems himself by capturing a gang of crooks (among them Walter Slezak and Ray Collins) in an elaborate slapstick finale involving a revolving model home, a hypodermic-shooting toaster, a helium-filled balloon, and a Tarzan-like swing from the rafters of an empty warehouse. Halfway through The Yellow Cab Man, there's an amusing precursor to the "LSD Trip" films of the 1960s, as a drug-benumbed Red Skelton experiences a series of surrealistic dreams.
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NR
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Walter Slezak
as Dr. Byron Dokstedder
Edward Arnold
as Martin Creavy
Red Skelton
as Augustus 'Red' Pirdy
James Gleason
as Mickey Corkins
Paul Harvey
as Pearson Hendricks
Herbert Anderson
as Willis Tomlin
Gloria de Haven
as Ellen Goodrich
Polly Moran
as Bride's Mother
Guy Anderson [Herbert]
as Willis Tomlin
John Butler
as Gimpy
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ASEQUEL OF SORTS TO RED'S THE FULLER BRUSH MAN THE ZANY COMEDY AND JOKES KEEP FLYING HERE AN ALL STAR CAST KEEPS THE FUN COMING.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood
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I just love Red Skelton. A great Skelton vehicle (pun intended) and loads of fun for the entire family. The only thing I would have liked better would have been color instead of b/w film, however, Red is Red even in black and white. This one goes into my permanent comedy collection.

Woody Woodrow
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