Starring: Ben Blue, Billy Gilbert
Directed by: Del Lord
Synopsis: In this Taxi Boys short, Schmaltz (Billy Gilbert) is fired from the Black and Blue Cab Company and gets a job as a night watchman at a taxidermist’s shop, having mistaken it for something to do with taxi driving. While in the shop a strange customer (Ben Blue) enters looking to have a dead flea stuffed, the wife of his pet flea Oscar who does several tricks and then goes missing.
Kitty Cameo: While looking for his lost flea, Oscar, the Ben Blue character asks a black cat which he is holding, then looks through the cat’s fur for a moment before setting it down to examine a stuffed monkey.
Moments later when Schmaltz orders him down from the counter where he’s standing, Ben Blue knocks over a whole bunch of items and a skull falls over the cat’s head, which of course leads to fearful screaming and running on the part of Schmaltz and bewildered amazement from Blue’s character.
Final Mewsings: Cats are the go-to ploy in any good scare comedy.