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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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A SLAM-BANG MURDER CASE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Wednesday 29 June 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Detroit Thursday 18 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). 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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On the Spot marked former Our Ganger Mary Kornman's last film appearance
24 January 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

1940 marked a last for some Our Gang members. Besides Tommy "Butch" Bond, Darwood "Waldo" Kaye, and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer leaving the series that year, early silent OG member Mary Kornman made her last movie as well, this one. She plays the girlfriend of Frankie Darro who works at her father's drug store as a soda jerk though he has ambitions of being a scientist so he also experiments occasionally there. Mantan Moreland plays his buddy who reluctantly is roped into some of his plans when a couple of gangsters get shot in the store...Okay, Ms. Kornman plays the kind of leading lady role that has her either getting upset when Frankie doesn't pay enough attention to her or showing concern for him when he's down or in a little danger. Still, it was nice seeing her in her last role here. Mantan plays the stereotypical role of the scared black man though he only mentions being scared since there isn't any scene that calls for him to scream or act really petrified. I did like his wisecrack about a skeleton's teeth and similar comments and when he's called to do something he goes through with it despite his reluctance, so there's that. All in all, On the Spot was a nice time-filler and is worth a look for any Our Gang fans wanting to see some of their members outside of the series.

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Release Date:

11 June 1940 (USA) See more »

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Amateur Detective See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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