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(Image courtesy of Calvin Castine)
On the left is a vending machine card showing Tom Tyler and a very young Frankie Darro (with his last name spelled "Darrow") from one of their FBO silents.



Above - a 1926 tradepaper ad for Tyler and Frankie Darro in their silent westerns for Film Booking Office (FBO).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above is a duotone lobby card from the Harry Carey serial THE DEVIL HORSE (Mascot, 1932) with Frankie portraying "the wild boy", an orphan raised in the wild who befriends a herd of horses.

Darro's six cliffhangers for Nat Levine and Mascot were:
THE LIGHTNING WARRIOR (1931)
THE VANISHING LEGION (1931)
THE DEVIL HORSE (1932)
THE WOLF DOG (1933)
BURN 'EM UP BARNES (1934)
THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (1935)




(From Old Corral image collection)
Above is a crop/enlargement from THE DEVIL HORSE lobby card above. Frankie is being assaulted by J. Paul Jones, who plays the helper to brains heavy Noah Beery, Sr. Coming to Darro's aid is prolific performer Jack Mower who portrays "Adams", the leader of the vigilantes.



(From Old Corral image collection)
Betsy King Ross and Frankie Darro (in their "Junior Thunder Riders" capes and "bucket" helmets) come to the aid of injured Gene Autry in this lobby card from Chapter 1 of THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (Mascot, 1935).


Right is a scene still from the Gene Autry serial, THE PHANTOM EMPIRE (Mascot, 1935).

From left to right are Wheeler Oakman (as "Argo", the High Priest), Jay Wilsey/Buffalo Bill Jr. (as a Muranian guard), Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, and Roger Williams (Muranian guard).

(Image courtesy of Val Warren)



(Image courtesy of Les Adams)
On the left are Le Roy Mason and Darro in a pressbook image from VALLEY OF WANTED MEN (Conn Productions, 1935).

Several folks have asked if Le Roy Mason ever portrayed a good guy. The answer is yes ... a few times. Assisting Frankie in his initial films for producer Maurice Conn was Le Roy Mason (billed as Roy Mason). Mason had worked with Darro about ten years earlier in the Tom Tyler FBO silent oaters.

In the later Darro films for Conn, Kane Richmond became the adult helper, replacing Mason.


Right is a pressbook ad from the Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland film UP IN THE AIR (Monogram, 1940).

This was one of Frankie's ten starring films for Monogram which were released from 1938 - 1941.

(From Old Corral image collection)



(Image courtesy of Pat LaRosa)
Left to right in this lobby card from the Darro starrer THE GANGS ALL HERE (Monogram, 1941) are Robert Homans, Mantan Moreland, Darro, Jackie Moran and Marcia Mae Jones.

Notice the height of Darro and Moreland compared to the others.

Frankie and Jackie Moran would work in the post World War II "Teen Agers" series at Monogram which starred one time Tommy Dorsey singer Freddy Stewart.


FRANKIE DARRO LINKS


You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then to the California Death Records database and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). There you will find records for: Frankie Darro, born 12/22/1917 in Illinois, and passed away in California on 12/25/1976.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Frankie Darro: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0201660/

If you'd like more details on Darro, check out Linda Kay's website which includes a lengthy biography along with a bunch of images: http://www.frankiedarro.com/

There's a Darro filmography at the American Film Institute (AFI) website: http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/SearchResult.aspx?s=1&Type=PN&Tbl=&CatID=DATABIN_STAND_INS&ID=54487&searchedFor=Frankie_Darro_&SortType=ASC&SortCol=RELEASE_YEAR&bhcp=1

There's a profile of Darro at Daniel Neyer's "The Files of Jerry Blake" website: http://filesofjerryblake.com/serial-sidekicks/frankie-darro/

For those of you with high speed DSL or cable Internet, you can download several public domain films starring Darro from the Internet Archive. The archive has TOUGH TO HANDLE (Conn, 1937; with Kane Richmond), IRISH LUCK (Monogram, 1939; with Mantan Moreland), CHASING TROUBLE (Monogram, 1940; with Mantan Moreland), and LET'S GO COLLEGIATE (Monogram, 1941; with Mantan Moreland and an early role for Gale Storm of MY LITTLE MARGIE fame). Go to: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=frankie%20darro%20AND%20mediatype%3Amovies

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website notes that Darro was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6274585

YouTube has many clips from Darro's silents and sound films at: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=%22frankie+darro%22&aq=f
Of the bunch, here's a few that you might enjoy:
The original theatrical trailer for WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDC8AAtZkck
The Darro death scene in THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK serial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFM22DlfX28
Another Darro death - in this one, he's the lookout tower guard in the Clark Gable ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLO9sT7wLpY


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