Monday, October 10, 2016

"What Price Taxi"

A shot from "What Price Taxi" (Hal Roach/MGM, 1932), a two reel short directed by Del Lord. We're looking north on Broxton Ave. toward the Fox Westwood Village Theatre. The film was one of several in a series of "Taxi Boys" films made by Hal Roach.  This one features Franklin Pangborn, Clyde Cook and Billy Gilbert.

Another shot in a bit closer on Broxton. 

A look at the Weyburn side of the theatre from the film. Thanks to Chris Bungo for the screenshots. He's done a terrific eighteen minute "then and now" comparison of shooting locations for several films in the "Taxi Boys" series that's available on YouTube.

Many Culver City locations were used in addition to the Westwood shots.  The Fox Westwood shots from "What Price Taxi" start at 12:47. The theatre shots from "Thundering Taxis," another film in the series, start at 8:32.

For more about the theatre, see our page on the Fox Westwood Village. The theatre opened in 1931 and still remains a major first-run venue. It's now known as the Regency Village Theatre.

On IMDb: "What Price Taxi"

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