On the Spot


1h 2m 1940

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Film Details

Also Known As
Amateur Detective
Release Date
Jun 11, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Frankie, a soda jerk in the hick town of Midvale, is quietly tending to his sodas when a big time gangster stumbles, wounded, into the drugstore and dies. Because the gangster was a participant in a $300,000 bank heist, Frankie and his friend Jefferson, the hotel porter, are besieged by more gangsters, the town sheriff and Gerry, a newspaper reporter, who all assume that the gangster told him where the money was hidden. When another gangster is murdered, Frankie, a budding scientist and detective, decides to take matters into his own hands and trick the murderer into revealing himself. He decides to trap the killer by making him believe that Jefferson knows his identity, and as the porter reluctantly wends his way to the sheriff's office to identify the murderer, Frankie awaits in ambush for the real killer to tip his hand. The terrified Jefferson bungles Frankie's plans though, when he inadvertently overturns some shipping crates, thus allowing the murderer to escape. Fortunately, in one of the crates, Frankie finds a clue which exposes Cyrus Haddon, the town banker, as the mastermind behind the holdup.

Photo Collections

On the Spot - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Monogram Pictures' On the Spot (1940). starring Frankie Darro. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Film Details

Also Known As
Amateur Detective
Release Date
Jun 11, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Amateur Detective. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: Jeffrey Sayre (Hype Innes) and Gene O'Donnell (Slates Eckert).