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A Kiss in a Taxi

A Kiss In A Taxi
Film poster
Directed byClarence Badger
Written byClifford Grey (American adaptation)
Doris Anderson (scenario)
George Marion, Jr. (titles)
Based onLe Monsieur de cinq heures
by Maurice Hennequin and Pierre Veber
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
StarringBebe Daniels
CinematographyH. Kinley Martin
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 22, 1927 (1927-02-22)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

A Kiss In A Taxi is a 1927 American silent comedy film starring Bebe Daniels and directed by Clarence Badger. It is based on a French play, A Kiss in a Taxi, produced on Broadway in 1925. Famous Players–Lasky produced and Paramount Pictures distributed the film.[1][2]

Cast

Plot

Bebe Daniels plays Ginette A waitress at Pierre's Café. She is in love with a poor artist named Lucien despite Lucien’s father's disapproval of their relationship, and rejects the affection of all other men. Whenever another man tries to kiss her she begins angrily breaking glassware. Patrons of the café find this behavior very amusing. A patron of the café named Leon Lambert decides to make an attempt to kiss Ginette. Later in the film Leon Lambert and "a gay lady" are traveling through town by taxi when they decide to stop at a florists shop. At the same time Ginette, in an attempt to get away from her irate employer, runs down the street and into the waiting taxi. Leon returns to the taxi and offers a bouquet of flowers to Ginette. With the taxi leaving the florist Leon attempts to force a kiss on Ginnette. In response Ginette strikes Leon in the face. This commotion causes the cab driver to lose control of uthe taxi and crash through the front window of the café. Leon Lambert offers to buy the café for Ginette, expecting her gratitude. He accidentally uses the card of Maraval, a treasurer for the Artists' Society. To get out of the situation Leon poses as Ginettes father and with the help of his friend Henri attempts to make Maravel pursue Ginette as a lover. After all complications are resolved Ginette and Lucien finally reunite and are able to be together.[3][4]

A Kiss in a Taxi publicity still with Bebe Daniels and Douglas Gilmore

Reception

A Kiss In A Taxi received generally positive reviews from critics upon its release. Much of this praise was directed to the performances of its cast. In The Healdsburg Tribune it was stated of Bebe Daniels in the role of Ginette. "The dark eyed star presents one of the best characterizations of her career". The same article said "Brilliant support is accorded by Chester Conklin, Douglas Gilmore, her new leading man, Jocelyn Lee, Henry Kolker and Richard Tucker". The humor of the movie received attention from reviewers, namely the large amounts of glassware shattered throughout the movie for comedic effect. The movie also received praise for its more action filled moments, The Healdsburg Tribune stated referring to the scene of the taxi crashing through the café wall "This brief action represents one of the most exciting bits of screen photography ever recorded".[3][5][6]

Preservation

With no prints of A Kiss in a Taxi located in any film archives,[7] it is a lost film.[8]

References

  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: A Kiss In A Taxi at silentera.com. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: A Kiss In A Taxi AFI Catalog of Feature Films Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Bebe Daniels in "A Kiss in a Taxi"". Healdsburg Tribune. California Digital Newspaper Collection. May 18, 1927.
  4. ^ "A Kiss in a Taxi". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  5. ^ "French Farce, A Kiss in a Taxi, Stars Bebe Daniels: Chester Conklin Featured in Latest Clarence Badger Production". New York Amsterdam News. New York, N.Y. April 27, 1927. p. 10 – via ProQuest.
  6. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (March 15, 1927). "The Screen: The Art of Plate-Smashing". The New York Times. New York, N.Y. p. 29 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: A Kiss In A Taxi Library of Congress Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  8. ^ A Kiss In A Taxi at Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files: Paramount Pictures - 1927 Retrieved November 18, 2022.
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