Taxi 13 (1928)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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One of the first sound releases from FBO pictures (no dialogue, but plenty of music), Taxi 13 stars Chester Conklin in his customary screen guise as an overworked cab driver. With a wife and ten kids to support, hackie Angus MacTavish (Conklin) needs $100 so that he can buy a new cab. When his old taxi is commandeered by a pair of escaping jewel thieves, MacTavish is left breathless but unharmed. What he doesn't know is that the crooks have stashed a valuable diamond necklace in the back seat of his cab. McTavish's daughter Flora (Martha Sleeper) accidentally finds out about the necklace when one of the crooks inadvertently spills the beans. She returns the valuable gems and collects a huge reward, enabling MacTavish to buy a whole fleet of taxicabs. The fact that director Marshall Neilan was working at cost-conscious FBO was proof enough that his career was beginning its long, downward slide.

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cab-driver, chase, daughter, driver, escape, father, hidden, opal, payment, police, reward, surprise, taxi