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The Yellow Cab Man


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  • Actors: Red Skelton, Gloria De Haven, Walter Slezak, Edward Arnold, James Gleason
  • Directors: Jack Donohue
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSLPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Sheer, utter madness is the order of the day in this laugh riot on wheels that features one of America's all-time favorite funnymen, Red Skelton. In a story ranging from the weird to the whimsical, Skelton plays "Red," an accident-prone inventor of safety gadgets (no one can bump his head any funnier) who winds up driving a cab to prove the worth of his latest brainchild, Elastiglass. But while he is falling in love with the cab company's claims adjuster (Gloria De Haven), a crooked lawyer (Edward Arnold) and a phony psychiatrist (Walter Slezak) are plotting to steal his secret formula. One attempt results in a hilarious truth-serum sequence that sends Red back to the playpen and his famous "mean widdle kid" characterization.

Climaxed by a frenzied free-for-all chase inside a home-show exposition - complete with a rotating house-of-the-future gone berserk - The Yellow Cab Man features Red Skelton's broad brand of comedy at its wacky best.

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And good for adults who appreciated his humor.
William Dakota
This movie, like all of his comedy is so funny without all the ugly words and other unsavory things you find in comedy today!
Jo Ann Swatley
Definitely one to add to the Skelton collection!
Randy E. Halford

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Red Skelton gives a rib tickling performance in "The Yellow Cab Man". Skelton plays an accident prone inventor with hilarious results. He has invented a safety glass that will revolutionalize the car industry. He takes the job as a cab driver to prove how safe his Elastiglass really is. Unbeknownst to Skelton, there are other people who want to steal the formula for this fantastic invention for themselves, which results in many funny scenes; such as a truth serum sequence that sends Red back to his childhood and culminating in a rip roaring chase scene inside a Home Show exposition, which centers around a revolting house. So grab the kiddies, popcorn, cola and gather around the t.v. for approx. a hour and a half of side splitting fun!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2003
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Very disappointed in this tape. This tape contains a copy of the movie that was apparently edited for television. I say that becuase I noticed that there were several scenes cut from the movie. The movie on this tape doesn't flow correctly and there are references in the movie to scenes that the viewer never sees.
I wouldn't recommend the purchase of this tape.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randy E. Halford on August 5, 2012
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After the success of "A Southern Yankee", it was just a no-brainer to set up another collaboration between star Red Skelton and comedy legend Buster Keaton (the latter working as a gagman at MGM). They bore some delicious fruit with "The Yellow Cab Man" (1950). Here, Red plays a goof who invents some wacky but effective "safety" devices, the latest of which is "Elastiglass", an unbreakable glass material. To help promote his inventions, he agrees to drive a Yellow Cab for awhile, resulting in a new career that's far from perfect. This was yet another comedy that's practically Red from start to finish. From the opening credits of a bandaged Red in the hospital (the cast is cleverly displayed ON a cast..get it?) to a wild climax on a model home on a turntable spinning out of control, it's one inspired comic moment after another. In between are some memorable bits: Red's first day driving the cab, which disasterously & hilariously piles one laugh on top of another; and a flashback in which Red reprises his "mean widdle kid" character, using his gifts as a pantomimist.
Naturally, there's a backdrop of menace as crooks--a lawyer & psychiatrist--try to steal the Elastiglass formula, and go as far as trying to frame Red for murder. I think the only flaw is that, for a comedy, it feels "cluttered", as if it needed to be simplified. Other than that, it's first rate in gags & story, and Red, as usual, gives 110%, so that's really what matters.
Definitely one to add to the Skelton collection!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
THE YELLOW CAB MAN is a typical Red Skelton farce with plenty of fast jokes, sight gags and slapstick humor.

SYNOPSIS--
Accident-prone inventor Red Pirdy (Skelton) is struck by a cab at a busy L.A. intersection. Red meets with company claims adjuster Ellen Goodrich (DeHaven) and is about to admit the accident was his own fault when interloping lawyer Martin Creavy (Arnold) tries to convince Red to sue for a large cash amount.

Red describes his new bendable glass to Ellen and Creavy; both express interest in it. Red decides to offer the formula to Ellen and Yellow Cab, but the attorney will stop at nothing to obtain the secret process. He blackmails a cab co. executive to sabotage Red's demonstration of the new Elastiglass by switching it for the breakable kind.

As a result of the botched demo, Ellen is demoted to the lost & found dept. Red takes a cab driver job, hoping for a second shot at selling his invention, but he still has the scheming attorney to contend with. Creavy and a confederate (Slezak) may even commit murder to gain control of the Elastiglass formula!

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.5) The Yellow Cab Man (1950) - Red Skelton/Gloria DeHaven/Walter Slezak/Edward Arnold/James Gleason/Jay C. Flippen/Paul Harvey/Herbert Anderson/Polly Moran (uncredited: Tiny Jones/Roger Moore)

CAST TRIVIA--

For his next project, THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950) (VHS) (DVD), RED SKELTON portrays Tin Pan Alley songwriter Harry Ruby opposite Fred Astaire as lyricist Bert Kalmar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruthann B. on May 30, 2013
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It is a gift that was longed for. Person was surprised and thrilled. Old movies mean a lot to older people. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Shepherd on February 6, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
Skelton plays an inept inventor who, against all odds, comes up with a million dollar invention, elasti-glass. A sort of rubberized
flexible glass. He gets a job with the Yellow Cab Co with the aim of selling it to them and the car industry in general.
But he is sabotaged by some unsavory types who want to steal his invention. It`s a classic comedy romp full of excellent sight gags
and slapstick that will be enjoyed by young and old alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Dakota on July 26, 2013
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Red Skelton was a famous comedian during the fifties. This is one of his famous features. It is good for kids who have never had the chance to see him in any movie. And good for adults who appreciated his humor. It is available on Amazon too.
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