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  Director: Del Lord • Producer: Hal Roach • Dialogue: H.M. Walker 
Cinematography: Len Powers • Editor: Richard C. Currier • Sound recording engineer: James Greene
 
     
  17 September 1932  
  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  
  sound short  
  2-reels
 

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ At the Black & Blue Taxi Cab Company, the candidates are given a simple test to qualify them as taxi drivers.  They are asked what to do if their cab was parked in front of a fire hydrant and saw a policeman coming.  Ben Blue takes centre stage and makes a complete fool of himself (as usual), but it's Charley Rogers who gets the answer correct.  Well, sort of.
A mad bumper-cars mele ensues and two cabbies are catapulted out of an upstairs window and down onto the sidewalk below.  On the docks, the cabbies are cleaning their cabs when a customer hails for one of them.  A mad rush involving every single cab then takes place as they all rush towards him.  Thinking he has picked up the fellow, cabbie Billy Gilbert takes off in his taxi before realising he is carrying fellow-cabbie Charley Rogers.
Ben Blue is approached for a ride but he spends all day trying to open the passenger door for the couple and subsequently loses the fare.
A shifty-looking couple (an almost-human looking Richard Cramer, who even SMILES) arrive on a ship.  He is Diamond Joe, a smuggler with a ruby, which he conceals inside a packet of cigarettes before being frisked by a customs officer.

Facts
•The second film in The Taxi Boys series.
•Ben Blue joined the cast in this film and would continue to appear in the series until its conclusion.
Did you notice?
•When Billy Gilbert is 'driving' the taxi with Charley Rogers in the back of it, believing him to be a passenger, they exchange dialogue but their mouths do not move.

DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Billy Gilbert
Cabbie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Ben Blue
Cabbie
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Charley Rogers
Hercules
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Yola d'Avril
Diamond Joe's mole
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Richard Cramer
Diamond Joe
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Bud Jamison
Taxi Academy professor
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Frank Austin
Butler
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/ Jack Hill
Cabbie

Acknowledgements:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023522/ (IMDb.com)

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