Chasing Trouble (January 30, 1940)
Released January 30, 1940: (running time 1 hour) Two florist delivery men discover that they are working for a ring of foreign saboteurs.
Produced by Grant Withers
Directed by Howard Bretherton
Written by Mary McCarthy
The Actors: Frankie Darro (Frankie 'Cupid' O'Brien), Marjorie Reynolds (Susie Carey), Mantan Moreland (Thomas H. Jefferson), Milburn Stone (Pat Callahan, newspaper reporter), Cheryl Walker (Phyllis Benton), George Cleveland (Lester, flower shop owner), Alex Callam (Fred Morgan), Tristram Coffin (Phillips, Morgan henchman), I. Stanford Jolley (Bresloff, Morgan henchman), Lillian Elliott (Mrs. O'Brien), Willy Castello (Kurt, Morgan henchman), Maxine Leslie (blonde nurse), DeForest Covan (Jackson), Joe Devlin (Cassidy, motorcycle cop), Edward Hearn (Callahan's boss)
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The Florist Delivery Men, The Saboteurs, and the Flowers of Death
Frank Johnson and his wife Ada performed as flying trapeze artists and tightrope walkers in the Sells Floto Circus. Frank began teaching his son, Frank Jr., to walk on a tightrope as soon as he could walk a step. Frank first laid a length of tightrope wire on the ground, and his little boy practiced walking on the thick wire, without his feet slipping off. As soon as he could walk the wire on the ground without falling off into the grass, his father raised the wire a couple of inches off the ground, and Jr. learned to walk in the air. Little by little, Frank Jr. learned to walk on a tight wire high above the ground, performing acrobatic stunts in the air.
Unfortunately for the circus, Frank Jr.’s mom and dad got divorced when he was six years old. Fortunately, their marriage broke up while the circus was in Los Angeles, and at the age of six, Frank Johnson Jr. got a part in a silent movie, thanks to his athletic prowess.
Using the name Frankie Darro, he appeared in nearly two hundred motion pictures and television shows, between 1924 and 1975. He suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 59 on Christmas Day in 1976 while visiting his ex-wife and children for the holidays.
In this spy action adventure, Frankie Darro teams up once more with his favorite comedy side-kick, Mantan Moreland. They have jobs delivering flowers, and between deliveries Frankie studies handwriting analysis, trying to determine the character of people by their handwriting. He also has a habit of trying to match single girls with a good man, but his skill at deciding who is a good man and who isn’t a good man, needs a bit of practice.
Frankie Darro, as Jimmy O’Brien, will play Cupid for an out-of-work young lady by arranging a meeting for her and a wealthy florist shop customer. Unfortunately, the man is a foreign spy, putting the young lady, and the two florist delivery men in the middle of sabotage, espionage, destruction, and death. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland
Alex Callam, Marjorie Reynolds
Frankie Darro, Alex Callum
Frankie Darro, Cheryl Walker
Frankie Darro, Lillian Elliott
Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland
Frankie Darro, Alex Callam
Frankie Darro, Lillian Elliott
George Cleveland, Frankie Darro
I. Stanford Jolley
Willy Castello, I. Stanford Jolley
Mantan Moreland, Frankie Darro
Marjorie Reynolds, Frankie Darro
Marjorie Reynolds, Lillian Elliott
Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone, Joe Devlin
Milburn Stone, Frankie Darro