We will be updating the site very soon!  If you have our page bookmarked and in the near future the bookmark no longer works, be sure to type in
www.frankiedarro.com in your internet browser to reconnect to the site, then replace the bookmark!  Also if there are any photos you want to save, be sure to do it in the coming week or so, that way you can keep them handy.  Many of the photos will still be available (as well as many new ones) but they won't be in the same locations.  Thank you!

An entire home page dedicated to Frankie Darro?  Gosh, YES!!!  It's time to recognize this sorely overlooked actor whose career, which spanned from the silent era well into the 1960's, touched upon so many different genres: besides being a notable child star, he did his own stunts and held his own in many Tom Tyler silents; rode alongside Gene Autry and Rin Tin Tin in serials; starred in his own series of comedies with Mantan Moreland; made some notable appearances in the Bowery Boys series; became known as Hollywood's perennial jockey, riding (and falling off) horses in countless films; is known to sci-fi buffs as being one of the actors who worked inside Robbie the Robot in Forbidden Planet; was known to TV fans as the indestructible "little old lady" on The Red Skelton Show . . . and those are only some of his credits!!

So we invite you, with a wink and a smile, to follow the links below and learn
more about this versatile actor's career!  C'mon, let's go!!!

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Last Updated: July 1, 2013

Why I oughta . . . . buy this collection of da Bowery Boys from Warner Bros. Archive Collection!
Two of Frankie's movies are included in the set (Fighting Fools and Hold That Baby!) as well as ten other Bowery Boys classics!  A must-have for the conna-sewer of film on your Christmas list!  Join Slip, Sach, Louie, Bobby, Gabe, Whitey, Chuck and Butch in their wacky misadventures in these
classic comedy films that span the history of the film series from 1946 to 1952.  Frankie was a natural to appear in the series, having starred in several early films that were, in a way, precursors of the Dead End Kids films (Crime School and Hell's Kitchen were both very close descendents of The Mayor of Hell.)  Frankie would only appear in four Bowery Boys films, but his role in Fighting Fools was one of his best acting turns from this era of his long career!  Warner Bros. should be releasing all 48 Bowery Boys films over the coming year, so we look forward to seeing Frankie's other Bowery Boys films, Angel's Alley and Trouble Makers, on DVD in the near future!


Visit the Warner Bros. Shop to order your copy today!

Also available from Movies Unlimited!


Tough Kid: The Life and Films of Frankie Darro

The book is available to order directly from the author!
Just send $21.95 plus $3.95 for postage and handling to:

John Gloske
18159 1/2 Parthenia Street
Northridge, CA  91325  USA

Make all checks and money orders payable to: John Gloske.
You may order up to three books for the same $3.95 postage charge.
Include a note with your order if you want the books signed.

Frankie Darro gets into a fight while in town
during the 1932 film Amateur Daddy.


A big thanks goes out to Wade Ballard, an avid fan who has been researching Frankie's career for many years and was kind enough to send us a lot of new information for this site!

Thanks also to John R. for providing so much useful information and facts for the site!

There have been MANY fans who have provided us with valuable information for this website.  If we are using video clips or information you provided and have not given you credit for it, please drop me a line and let me know!

The Frankie Darro Home Page is designed and maintained by Linda Kay for academic and entertainment purposes only.  No infraction of copyrights is intended.  If anyone has any problems with anything posted here, let me know!  Anyone with information or photos on Frankie who wish to share them here, I'd love to hear from you!