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On the Spot (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 11 June 1940 (USA)
Frankie Kelly is the soda jerk and embryo scientist in Midvales only drugstore. Two murders and an attempted killing suddenly swing Midvale into national prominence. Frankie and his pal, ... See full summary »


Howard Bretherton


George Waggner (story) (as Joseph West), Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Frankie Darro ... Frankie 'Doc' Kelly
Mary Kornman ... Ruth Hunter
Mantan Moreland ... Jefferson White
John St. Polis ... Doc Hunter
Robert Warwick ... Cyrus Haddon
Maxine Leslie Maxine Leslie ... Gerry Dailey
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. Kelly
LeRoy Mason ... Smilin' Bill
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Slats Eckert
Russell Hopton ... Dave Nolan
Jeffrey Sayre ... Hype Innes
Tristram Coffin ... Robert Ames


Frankie Kelly is the soda jerk and embryo scientist in Midvales only drugstore. Two murders and an attempted killing suddenly swing Midvale into national prominence. Frankie and his pal, Jefferson, become involved when a wounded gangster starts to tell them where $300,000 in stolen loot is hidden, but he is murdered before he can give them all of the information. The search is on. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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XTRA! XTRA!... Frankie's In Another Jam... but this time it's really a JAM! XTRA! XTRA! FRANKIES IN ANOTHER JAM!...but this time it's really a JAM! Mystery-Mirth-Murder! See more »


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Final film of Mary Kornman. See more »


Frankie 'Doc' Kelly: What do you want?
Jefferson White: I just come over after some headache powders
Frankie 'Doc' Kelly: Headache powders? Oh, that's bad. Let me feel your pulse. Stick out your tongue
Jefferson White: But I just...
Frankie 'Doc' Kelly: Stick out your tongue! Oh, you know headaches is only the first symptoms. Come on, I'll mix you something
Jefferson White: But Mr Frankie...
[he gets dragged into the backroom]
Jefferson White: Er, Mr Frankie, you know I ain't got no business in this room and Doctor Hunter done told you about them experiments. The last time you mixed one for me it was for my liver
Frankie 'Doc' Kelly: Well, it worked ...
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Fun outing for Darro and Moreland
12 April 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland (a gifted and underrated comedian) teamed up for a series of B movies. These movies were always entertaining even with their thin and sometimes silly plots. In this entry, Frankie is an odd job assistant/soda jerk in the small upstate NY town of Midvale drug store. Mantan (as yet once again playing a character named "Jefferson") is Frankie's good pal and a porter at the local hotel. One day at the drugstore a known gangster "Hype Inness" who has just been shot comes in to use the phone. He opens the booth door tells Frankie and Jefferson that he has a message for Smilin Bill (another big time gangster) but before he can relate the message, he falls over dead. Well, the town is inundated with reporters and assorted thugs, including Smilin Bill. A special investigator thinks that the message Hype was going to convey was the whereabouts of $300,000 of stolen bank money. Frankie is a bit of a screw up with some harebrained schemes and at one point tells Jefferson " You know Jefferson, I've been thinking." Jefferson replies "Uh, oh." I like the camaraderie between Frankie and Jefferson and the humor and silliness of the movies. The one thing I didn't care for was Frankie trying to imitate Jefferson's accent - too dated and not particularly funny.

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Release Date:

11 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amateur Detective See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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