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Burn 'Em Up Barnes Volumes One and Two (Complete Serial)

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The complete ""Burn 'Em Up Barnes"" serial on two DVDs.

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  • Actors: Frankie Darro, Jason Robards Sr.
  • Directors: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDKAG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Lothrop on January 9, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
For such an early serial this kind of fun, but it really doesn't have very much auto racing. Most of the time our heroes are running around trying to keep the bad guys from destroying a movie film which proves the hero's innocence of murder, or a confession signed by the real killer, or the deed to valuable property. The cliffhangers are pretty weak, and there's a gigantic cheat at the end of Chapter 8: A plane crashes head-on into the ground, but in Chapter 9 it's sitting unscathed on the ground.

Mascot was one of the so-called "poverty row" studios, turning out lots of serials up until 1935, when Mascot merged with two other small studios to create Republic Studios. They had a lot of good people at Mascot, many of whom were very successful at Republic, but the quality of Mascot's output looks pretty crude today. This film was cut up quite a bit over the years, and there are places where the sound disappears for a few moments. Perhaps the most interesting part of this serial is the actors involved.

Jack Mulhall was an elegant leading man in silent films. His web site lists 408 movies in which appeared between 1910 an 1977, as well as many guest appearances on TV. Frankie Darro's movie career spanned from the silent era well into the '60s. He was a notable child star. In serials he rode alongside Gene Autry and Rin-Tin-Tin, often doing his own stunts. He was perhaps best known for his work as one of the "Dead End Kids." He also was one of the actors inside Robby the Robot in the sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet."

We all know Jason Robard, Jr., but had you ever seen Jason Robards, Sr.? He's in one of his typical roles here as Drummond, one of the bad guys. Robards also starred in silent films, often as a clean-living rural hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2009
Format: DVD
BURN 'EM UP BARNES was originally a 1921 photoplay that starred Johnny Hines as a race car driver who was also a speed demon on city streets.

In ALPHA VIDEO's 12-part MASCOT PICTURES cliffhanger, this racer's been completely revamped-- he's no longer a disaffected son of wealth who sets off to find adventure, fame, fortune and love. Now, 'Burn-'em-Up' (Jack Mulhall) adopts the young brother (diminutive Frankie Darro) of a friend (James Bush) who's killed on the track.

He also goes into the transportation biz with a partner, bus company owner Marjorie Temple (Lola Lane). Marjorie has some land that she believes is worthless. It actually sits above millions in oil revenue. Our story's villain, promoter John Drummond (Jason Robards Sr.) knows this secret and will do whatever he must to secure ownership of the property.

Watch for brief appearances in episodes 1 and 7 from future western teen sidekick Dickie Moore (in his screen debut), also silent-era comic Billy Bletcher (ep. 1) whose gravelly basso voice can be heard in several early Warner cartoons. Bletcher was also the Big Bad Wolf in all Three Little Pig shorts.

Note that "Barnes" originally ran 210 minutes. If product data is accurate, this version is a full hour less than that.

1.) King of the Dirt Tracks; 2.) The Newsreel Murder; 3.) The Phantom Witness; 4.) The Celluloid Clue; 5.) The Decoy Driver; 6.) The Crimson Alibi; 7.) Roaring Rails; 8.) The Death Clash; 9.) The Man Higher Up; 10.) The Missing Link; 11.) Surrounded; 12.) The Fatal Whisper

ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage programming that's often unavailable elsewhere.
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Format: VHS Tape
VCI Entertainment and Mascot Pictures present..."Burn 'Em Up Barnes" (1934) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 12 Chapter cliffhanger from an enjoyable early sound Mascot serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Armand Schaefer and Colbert Clark at the helm....why is everyone trying to put Marjorie Temple and Burn 'Em Up Barnes out of business with their bus the land worthless that Marjorie owns or is there oil in them thar hills...what about the scheming promoter Drummond who keeps Barnes racing but never pays up on the winnings...does Frankie Darro have some incriminating film that would put everything on the right track for Burn 'Em Up.....don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "Confu's Sacred Secret"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter

Under director's Armand Schaefer & Colbert Clark, producer Nat Levine, original screenplay by Al Martin, Armand Scheafer, Barney Sarecky and Sherman low, original story by John Rathmell and Colbert Clark, musical score by Lee Zahler, stunts by Yakima Canutt and Eddie Parker...the cast includes Jack Mulhall ('Burn-'em-Up' Barnes), Frankie Darro (Bobbie Riley), Lola Lane (Marjorie Temple), Julian Rivero (Tony), Edwin Maxwell (Lyman Warren), Jason Robards Sr.
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