The Midnight Taxi (1928)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Anticipating Robert DeNiro by nearly fifty years, New York cabdriver "Taxi" Driscoll (Antonio Moreno) prefers to drive his dilapidated hack in the dead of night. Unlike DeNiro, Driscoll picks up extra folding money by agreeing to transport bootleg booze. It isn't long before our none-too-ethical hero finds himself in the middle of a gang war. Helene Costello reprises her Lights of New York role as the virginal heroine, but Myrna Loy delivers a more interesting performances as a gangster's moll. Tom Dugan, another Light of New York alumnus, provides stuttering comedy relief (he'd perpetuate this act into early 1930s, at which time Roscoe Ates became the screen's foremost stammerer -- outside of Porky Pig, that is). The "Gregory Rogers" credited for the screenplay was really Warner Bros. staff writer Darryl F. Zanuck.

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bad-guy, bootlegging, double-cross, good-guy, robbery