TOUGH KID-The Life and Films of Frankie Darro
I will be signing my book this Sat. at Cinecon in Hollywood. Cinecon is one of the nations oldest film buff events. It is held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel at the Hollywood and Highland complex.
I will be in the authors area, located near the dealers room. I will be there between 10AM and 2PM.
Stop by and say hello.

 JULY 19, 2009:

This week I will be adding additional photos. I hope to post many more never seen photos. Check the photo section. Keep checking back!

BOOK SIGNING MARCH 21 & 22, 2009.
The American Cinematheque in Hollywood is holding a Warner Bros. Pre-Code festival this weekend. John Gloske will be signing his book on Sat. and Sun. starting at 6pm until 7:30pm.
They will be showing Mayor of Hell on Sat. and the classic Wild Boys of the Road on Sun.
Follow this link for more information:americancinematheque
Now available at

The book may also be ordered directly from the publisher at:

You can search each site by entering the title: TOUGH KID, or by the authors name, John Gloske.

Oct. 27, 2008-MORE NEWS:
TOUGH KID-The Life and Times of Frankie Darro is now available at
Larry Edmunds Book Shop, Inc. located in the heart of Hollywood.
Larry Edmunds is one of the best cinema book stores in the world and one of the oldest too. It was founded in 1938. It is located at 6644 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 463-3273.

Nov. 22, 2008-EVEN MORE NEWS:
ordered by mail directly from the author. Send $21.95 plus $3.95 for postage and handling to:
John Gloske
18159  Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA. 91325 U.S.A.
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 is you wish the books signed.

All money raised from the sale of the book will go to a fund to purchase a plaque for Frankie at The American Cinematheque in Hollywood. It would be great to get him a star on the walk of fame, but the cost is much too high. I've already purchased one plaque for my late friend Steve Monzo. Frankie's will be on the seat next to Steve's. I want to sincerely thank the people who have already donated to this fund.

The first full length biography of actor Frankie Darro.

Frankie was the cinema’s first youthful action hero.
His career spanned an amazing six decades. Frankie's favorite film was the William Wellman classic, Wild Boys of the Road. The author was granted access to the daily production reports to this film, which gives the reader a day to day accounting of the making of this film. Frankie made cinema history with his screen partner Mantan Moreland in a series of eight comedy-mysteries they made for Monogram Studios in the early 1940's. Frankie worked with Hollywood legends such as, Clark Gable, Frank Capra, Bing Crosby, Jean Harlow, and many others.

Frankie's excessive use of alcohol caused a personal and professional downward spiral that he never recovered from, however his films live on and are readily accessible today.

The book includes scores of rare photos and the most complete filmography ever published.

The book was written by John Gloske who was a friend of Frankie’s during the final four years of 
Frankie’s life.

You can contact the author at  email

For additional information on Frankie Darro be sure to check out:

Thank you for your interest.