The Yellow Cab Man

The Yellow Cab Man

Director: Jack Donohue Cast: Red Skelton, Gloria de Haven, Walter Slezak

DVD (Full Frame)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2012
UPC: 0883316509258
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 10,254

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Augustus "Red" Pirdy
Gloria DeHaven Ellen Goodrich
Walter Slezak Dr. Byron Dokstedder
Edward Arnold Martin Creavy
James Gleason Mickey Corkins
Jay C. Flippen Hugo
Paul Harvey Pearson Hendricks
Guy Anderson [Herbert] Willis Tomlin
John Butler Gimpy
John Indrisano Danny
Polly Moran Bride's Mother
Herbert Anderson Willis Tomlin

Technical Credits
Jack Donohue Director
Albert Akst Editor
Albert Beich Screenwriter
Scott Bradley Score Composer
Devery Freeman Original Story,Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
F. Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Richard Goldstone Producer
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Yellow Cab Man
1. Chapter 1 [1:47]
2. Chapter 2 [2:00]
3. Chapter 3 [2:50]
4. Chapter 4 [3:36]
5. Chapter 5 [4:15]
6. Chapter 6 [3:14]
7. Chapter 7 [1:51]
8. Chapter 8 [3:55]
9. Chapter 9 [3:19]
10. Chapter 10 [3:38]
11. Chapter 11 [1:44]
12. Chapter 12 [2:13]
13. Chapter 13 [5:34]
14. Chapter 14 [3:44]
15. Chapter 15 [3:11]
16. Chapter 16 [2:04]
17. Chapter 17 [3:06]
18. Chapter 18 [4:00]
19. Chapter 19 [2:43]
20. Chapter 20 [1:58]
21. Chapter 21 [2:55]
22. Chapter 22 [2:01]
23. Chapter 23 [3:53]
24. Chapter 24 [2:44]
25. Chapter 25 [3:45]
26. Chapter 26 [2:38]
27. Chapter 27 [2:16]
28. Chapter 28 [1:22]
29. Chapter 29 [1:32]
30. Chapter 30 [:21]

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