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  Taxi Barons  
   
  01 April 1933  
  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  
  sound short  
  2-reels
 

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/  
Director Producer Cinematography Editor Sound recording
Del Lord Hal Roach Art Lloyd Louis McManus James Greene

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Ben and Billy spend the first five minutes in the garage fooling around with a faulty carburetter.  This is after the other taxi drivers have played a prank on the sleeping Gilbert by tieing a finger-tie to each of his hands, so that when he wakes up he cannot separate his hands.  Meanwhile, Ben is clowning around with an over-inflated water hose, before it finally explodes.
Unable to get the contraption off his fingers completely, Billy ends up tagging Ben with the open end and together they drive off through the streets of Culver City.  After some careless driving (excusable under the circumstances), they almost mow down a traffic cop, who gives chase to them and pulls them over.  He gives them a ticket and tells them to get out of the area.  Billy reverses the taxi into the cop's motorcycle and drives off.
The cop once again gives chase, all the way to the shipping yard.  The incompetent cabbies are chased onto the boat, where they overpower a Baron and his General and exchange clothing.  Ben and Billy escape from the ship and drive off.

Facts
•This was the seventh entry in The Taxi Boys series.
•Filmed December 19-24, 1932.
•Copyrighted March 6, 1933.
•Production T-8.
•Produced as part of the "All-Star" series with The Taxi Boys.
Did you notice?
•Ben Blue is so unfunny, like he tries too hard to be a comedian and comes off looking silly. (I almost stuck that in the FACTS section!)
In actual fact, there is a perfect bit of dialogue in the film where Billy Gilbert addresses Ben Blue and says "every time I look at you something's wrong".  Well said.
•When traffic cop Eddie Baker gives the boys their ticket and tells them to back their car up, they reverse straight into his motorcycle.  Well sorry, but that was his fault, not theirs.  How was Billy Gilbert supposed to have known the bike was behind their car?  And furthermore, the cop did know his bike was there and yet gave Gilbert the instruction to reverse.  To me, that is a no-brainer.  Billy Gilbert was not at fault.

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Ben Blue
Ben
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Billy Gilbert
Billy
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Almeda Fowler
Dowager hostess
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Billy Bletcher
The host (Jenna's father)
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Eddie Baker
Motorcycle cop
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Harry Bernard
Cop
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Bill Elliott
Ship boarding officer
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Otto Fries
Banquet waiter
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charlie Hall
James, the butler
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Eric Mayne
General Puff
  Charles McAvoy
Cop
  Dick Rush
Taxi company foreman
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Carol Tevis
Jenna
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Howard Truesdale
Baron von Hoffenslipper
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Ellinor Vanderveer
Dinner party guest
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Dick Gilbert
Cabbie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jack Hill
Cabbie


Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023554/ (IMDb.com)
"A History Of The Hal Roach Studio" by Richard Lewis Ward (book)
Michael Brydon (corrections)

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