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Chasing Trouble (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 30 January 1940 (USA)
A delivery boy for a flower shop, who thinks of himself as an amateur detective, finds out that his boss is mixed up with a foreign espionage ring.


Howard Bretherton


Mary McCarthy (story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Frankie Darro ... Jimmy O'Brien
Marjorie Reynolds ... Susie Carey
Mantan Moreland ... Thomas H. Jefferson
Milburn Stone ... Pat Callahan
George Cleveland ... Lester
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. O'Brien
Alex Callam ... Fred Morgan
Tristram Coffin ... Phillips (as Tristram C. Coffin)
I. Stanford Jolley ... Bresloff
Joe Devlin ... Motorcycle Cop
Willy Castello ... Kurt (as Willie Castello)
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Cassidy
Cheryl Walker ... Phyllis Benton
Maxine Leslie Maxine Leslie ... Blonde Nurse


A delivery boy for a flower shop, who thinks of himself as an amateur detective, finds out that his boss is mixed up with a foreign espionage ring.

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Plot Keywords:

flower shop | espionage | spy | See All (3) »


It's a merry mix-up of murder and mirth! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il guanto verde See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Monday 30 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 30 January 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Wednesday 22 June 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in Detroit 30 August 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »


Thomas H. Jefferson: What do you want to know so much about Miss Benton?
Pat Callahan: I'm a reporter.
Thomas H. Jefferson: Er, is she one of those "celeberties"?
Pat Callahan: No. That is, she wasn't until a few hours ago.
Thomas H. Jefferson: Oh.
Pat Callahan: Have a look at that
[hands him the newspaper with the headline "Girl mysteriously slain in Apartment"]
Thomas H. Jefferson: Yes, Sir, she's a pretty lady.
Pat Callahan: What's the matter? Can't you read?
Thomas H. Jefferson: Er, I can read reading but I can't read writing!
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No Bed of Roses
5 April 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Flower deliverer Frankie Darro (as Jimmy O'Brien) has two hobbies. First, he fancies himself a "graphologist" - that means Mr. Darro can determine what kid of a person you are by examining your handwriting. Second, Darro likes to play matchmaker when he meets an attractive single woman. His driver, wide-eyed Mantan Moreland (as Thomas Jefferson), calls Darro "Mr. Cupid". When Darro delivers some flowers to pretty Marjorie Reynolds (as Susie Carey), she rejects them...

Darro has determined Ms. Reynolds' suitor to be a pansy. That is explained when we learn the lonely Reynolds has been sending flowers to herself. For reasons left unexplained, Darro shows no sexual interest in Reynolds, and tries to set her up with a suitable mate. Alas, the man Darro picks turns out to be a shady character. Everyone is "Chasing Trouble". The plot leads to murder. Future "Gunsmoke" TV doctor Milburn Stone (as Pat Callahan) has a supporting role.

*** Chasing Trouble (1/30/40) Howard Bretherton ~ Frankie Darro, Marjorie Reynolds, Mantan Moreland, Milburn Stone

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