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Red Barry

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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First time on DVD! Based on the comic strip by Will Gould, the serial followed the adventures of tough guy police detective "Red" Barry (Crabbe) in his quest to recover valuable stolen savings bonds. Crabbe has to deal with a gang of Russian crooks (headed by Edna Sedgewick and including Stanley Price), a group of Chinese agents (headed by Cyril Delevanti) and a bunch of American/Chinese racketeers (headed by Frank Lackteen, Wheeler Oakman and a young Tom Steele), as well as an hostile police commissioner (William Gould; no relation to the strip's creator) and a bumbling British sleuth named Valentine Vane (Hugh Huntley). Despite all the conflicting gangs, Crabbe manages to come out on top with the help of female reporter Mississippi (Frances Robinson) and Police Inspector "Scotty" Scott (Wade Boteler). Crabbe was ideal as Barry, an unshakable and unconventional cop who didn t let protocol or due process mess up his investigations, and who was in constant conflict with the windbag police commissioner (William Gould). Bonus Features: Digitally Remasterd & Restored. Photo Gallery. Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT: 256 minutes; B&W: Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1; NR; Year - 1938; SRP - $19.99.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Buster Crabbe, Edna Sedgewick, Frances Robinson, Cyril Delevantri, Frank Lackteen
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Alan James
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 256 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003F185IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Barry" on IMDb

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I find serials great fun and collect almost all of them. This Serial is like most of the era, with good guys and bad but Buster Crabbe makes it easy to stay interested and worth viewing. Mostly I wanted to tell prospective buyers this is a TWO disc set, not ONE. In case it makes a difference to anyone. I tried to change the data but got a response that Amazon system thinks it is one and wants to leave it that way.
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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present ~ "RED BARRY" (Serial) (1938) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Based on the Will Gould comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicated, Inc. ~ With 13 Chapter plays of vintage serial episodes jam packed with thrilling action sequences and stunts that will keep you on the edge of your seat --- Story line has the entire Universal cast and crew searching for $2,000,000 in stolen bonds from a friendly Asian country --- Can Red Barry (Buster Crabbe) and girl reporter Mississippi (Frances Robinson) discover the evil plan of number villain of 1938 Quong Lee (Frank Lackteen) and his cohort ballet dancer Natacha (Edna Sedgewick) --- Are the Russians involved through Natacha's undercover work steal the bonds to purchase war planes --- Who is Wing Fu (Cyril Delevanti) and is Hong Kong Cholly (Philip Ahn) an agent for him, are we getting dizzy yet with the game of "keep away bonds" --- And when does Red Barry get a minutes rest with lions, speed boats and trap doors opening at every opportune moment --- Must make mention that actress Frances Robinson who portrays Mississippi steals the show with every scene she appears in.

Take note, many veteran actors came on board for this fast paced action serial such as Philip Ahn, Wade Boteler, Lane Chandler, Bud Geary, Edward Hearn, Frank Lackteen, Wheeler Oakman, Eddie Parker, Stanley Price and Charles Stevens appeared in B-Westerns and Serials during the '30s, '40s and '50s --- This was the cast which all worked together for years and decades in this tight family of players for our enjoyment.
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I am a collector of serials from the silent era to the 1950's. This film called "Red Barry" was done in the year 1938. Buster Crabbe who portrays Red Barry is great for this role. There is plenty of action in this film and worth getting for collectors. I am pleased to say that this film copy is pristine clear and worth adding to your collection.
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VCI REALLY GOT THIS ONE RIGHT. A NICE RE-MASTERED COPY OF THIS SERIAL IS WHAT COLLECTOR'S WERE LOOKING FOR,FOR YEARS MANY COLLECTORS WERE WATCHING A VERY GRAINY COPY THAT WAS THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD WATCH IT.
IT'S NICE TO SEE BUSTER CRABBE IN A SUIT CHASING AFTER CRIMINALS INSTEAD OF FLYING AROUND ON A SPACESHIP,NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE HIM DOING THAT ALSO. THIS IS A ACTOR WHO TOOK HIS WORK SERIOUS,NOT THE GREATEST OF ACTORS BUT WHAT HE DID HE DID IT RIGHT.
IF YOU PURCHASE THIS SERIAL YOU WILL GET A EXCELLENT PRINT THAT IS MUCH MORE FUN TO WATCH. THIS SERIAL ALSO CO-STARS FRANCES ROBINSON WHO WAS ALSO IN A RE-MASTED SERIAL TIM TYLER'S LUCK SHE WAS A UNIVERSAL CONTRACT PLAYER WHO ALSO CAN BE SEEN IN TOWER OF LONDON (UNIVERSAL 1939).
THE ARTWORK ON THE BOX AND THE INSIDE ARE EXCELLENT. BEING A COLLECTOR OF SERIALS SINCE THE VHS CAME TO BE I'M PROUD TO ADD THIS TO MY COLLECTION.
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Buster Crabbe was the king of the cliffhangers. He played Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, and now Red Barry. How many actors can say they played so many comic book characters. Red Barry is a great detective yarn and very exciting. Not many people liked it, but I did. I just like cliffhangers good or bad. Buster Crabbe was the best.
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"Red Barry" is a 13-chapter serial from Universal released in 1938, starring Larry "Buster" Crabbe and directed by Ford Beebe and Alan James, based on a newspaper comic strip by Will Gould that was one of several intended to compete with "Dick Tracy." Universal's effort was likely "inspired" by Republic's serials based on the better-known strip.

The plot involves two million dollars in bonds, supplied by Russia to an unnamed country under siege and entrusted to an oriental importer, Wing Fu (Syril Delevanti) to be taken to the United States for the purchase of airplanes. Back in the U.S., "crack police agent" Red Barry is investigating a series of murders taking place in Chinatown. Wing Fu feels that while Red Barry could be a useful ally, he could also be a problem, because the purchase of warplanes is in violation of the United States' neutrality in the conflict. But there are other people after the bonds; underworld chieftain Quong Lee (Frank Lackteen), and a Russian dancer named Natacha (Edna Sedgwick) who claims the money is rightfully hers. Red Barry has problems of his own with the Police Commissioner (William Gould) who takes him off the Chinatown Murders in favor of bumbling British "scientific detective" Valentine Vane (Hugh Huntley). But with the help of his boss, Inspector Scott (Wade Boteler) and female newspaper reporter Mississippi (Frances Robinson) Red Barry continues his investigation of both the murders and the stolen bonds.

The story has a complicated bunch of characters, of more depth than usual for serial movies. There is no clear division between "good guys" and "bad guys" since those after the bonds are all operating outside the law, to varying degrees, and each employs some thugs to further their efforts.
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