A Fight to the Finish


59m 1937

Film Details

Also Known As
Taxi War
Release Date
Jun 30, 1937
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Jun 1937
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Duke Malloy, a fleet superintendent at City Cab Company, uses his fists to keep rival drivers in line. His boss, A. K. McDonald, asks Duke to curb his fighting habit, but his attempt proves in vain when Duke knocks out a rival, Johnson, who came after him with a steel club. Johnson dies as a result of the fight and Duke is forced to defend himself in a trial. Eddie Hawkins, one of Duke's co-workers and the only witness to the brawl, perjures himself at Duke's trial in order to get Duke's job and his girl friend, Mabel. Duke is found guilty and after serving a year in prison, he is paroled. Duke's childhood pal Spudsy meets him upon his release from jail and they find Hawkins in McDonald's position, with Mabel now his girl. Duke's buddies at City Cab have all been dismissed and are now independents. They celebrate with Duke and present him with a cab, purchased with their donations. The new City Cab drivers wage a taxi-war on Duke and his buddies in order to force them out of business, and when one of the independent taxis is hit, Duke arrives to see a pretty nurse, Ellen Ames, giving first aid to the victim. Duke later suggests that the independents form a new company, and he is elected to be the leader. McDonald returns from vacation to find that City Cab has lost half its business and police order the battle to stop. When no ambulances are available, Duke offers his cab to rush a patient to the hospital, but an attack on him by a City driver results in the patient's death. Ellen tells Duke the war must stop, and he convinces his buddies to go along. In an effort to send Duke back to jail, an accident is arranged for Spudsy which results in his death. Duke angrily confronts Hawkins in front of the probation officers that Hawkins has called in, and gives him a beating. Duke escapes and Ellen wins him a week to prove Hawkins' guilt before McDonald has him arrested. Hawkins is tricked into a taxi equipped with a short-wave radio and with Duke driving, he is scared into giving a confession. McDonald then rehires Duke so that he and Ellen may find happiness together.

Film Details

Also Known As
Taxi War
Release Date
Jun 30, 1937
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 25 Jun 1937
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Taxi War. In its review of the film, New York Times refers to Arthur Mayer, operator of the Rialto Theatre at which the film was playing. The tongue-in-cheek references seem to infer that Mayer was involved in the film's production, however, he was not. This film is unrelated to the 1925 Columbia picture of the same title.