On the Spot

On the Spot

Frankie Darro
Director: Howard P. Bretherton Cast: Frankie Darro
Frankie Darro
, Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
, Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick
Howard P. Bretherton

DVD (B&W)

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Overview

As conceived, Monogram's On the Spot was meant to be purely a Frankie Darro vehicle, with black comedian Mantan Moreland as comedy relief. As filmed, however, On the Spot offered Darro and Moreland as costars, contributing equally to the film's plotline and entertainment value. The story shifts into gear when a mysterious stranger shows up in the small-town drugstore manned by soda jerk Frankie (Darro), then promptly expires after leaving an important message with Frankie and his assistant Jefferson (Moreland). Gangster Smiling Bill (Leroy Mason) shows up soon afterward, demanding that Frankie and Jefferson turn over the message-only to be knocked off himself by a mysterious assailant. Doing a bit of detective work on their own, our heroes discover that the double murder was linked with a recent bank heist, masteminded by?.well, best not to give away the surprisie ending. Former "Our Gang" star Mary Kornman provides the love interest, but the largest female role, that of a big-city insurance investigator, is essayed by Maxine Leslie.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/29/2009
UPC: 0089218598899
Original Release: 1940
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 52,347

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frankie Darro Frankie
Mantan Moreland Jefferson
Robert Warwick Cyrus Haddon
Mary Kornman Ruth Hunter
Maxine Leslie Gerry
Lillian Elliott Mrs. Kelly
LeRoy Mason Smiling Bill
John St. Polis Doc Hunter
Grant Withers Actor

Technical Credits
Howard P. Bretherton Director
Dorothy Davenport Screenwriter
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Dorothy Reid Screenwriter
Russell Schoengarth Editor
George Waggner Screenwriter
Joseph West Screenwriter
Grant Withers Producer

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