Frankie Darro & Mantan Moreland Collection [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Synopsis

Up in the Air
In this fast paced mystery, an eager page boy for a radio station tries to convince the owners to let him do a comedy show with his pal, a porter. A hopeful singer and the station receptionist support the lads with the former hoping to make her debut there. Things are looking up for the young folk when suddenly several of the station's star acts are murdered on the air. The page, the porter and the receptionist begin investigating while the young singer fills in for the slain chanteuse. Success ensues all around. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

You're out of Luck
The curious but harmonious screen team of Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland are back again in You're Out of Luck. Elevator boy Frankie (Darro) is the brother of a detective (Richard Bond), and as such is eager to solve a crime himself. He gets his chance when a couple of mob murders occur in Frankie's hotel. With the tremulous assistance of Jefferson the porter (Moreland), Frankie pieces the clues together long before the police do-thereby flattening the stock of an obnoxious newspaper reporter (Tristam Coffin). Moreland so dominates the proceedings with his patented "Feet do your duty" routines that, in certain communities with heavily black populations, he was billed as the film's star. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Gang's All Here
The Monogram publicity machine advertised Gang's All Here as a story of "Young Americans Fighting for Their Rights." Young driver Frankie (Frankie Darro) decides to take on a gang of truck hijackers single-handed, running into opposition from the crooked district manager behind the crime spree. Frankie is aided and abetted by undercover insurance investigator George (Keye Luke), boss' daughter Patsy (Marcia Mae Jones) and longtime pal Jefferson (Mantan Moreland). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Irish Luck
Irish Luck was one of a handful of Monogram actioners starring Frankie Darro as a crimesolving bellboy. The son of plainclothes detective, Buzzy O'Brien (Darro) is naturally suspicious of some sinister activities transpiring at the hotel where he works. When a murder occurs, Buzzy offers his assistance to flustered flatfoot Lanahan (Dick Purcell)-and, surprise of surprises, he solves the case. Mantan Moreland is a riot as a timorous bellhop who keeps stumbling upon dead bodies. Irish Luck was reworked in 1944 as The Adventures of Kitty O'Day. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

On the Spot
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frankie Darro
    Frankie Darro - Frankie
  • Marjorie Reynolds
    Marjorie Reynolds - Anne
  • Mantan Moreland
    Mantan Moreland - Jeff
  • Gordon Jones
    Gordon Jones - Tex
  • Tristram Coffin
    Tristram Coffin - Farell
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