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Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934)

Passed | | Action, Adventure | 16 June 1934 (USA)
Marjorie Temple, owner of a bus line and an apparently worthless plot of land, is set upon by rich oil speculators who know her land actually is worth millions. When they try to put her out... See full summary »


John Rathmell (story), Colbert Clark (story) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Jack Mulhall ... 'Burn-'em-Up' Barnes
Frankie Darro ... Bobbie Riley
Lola Lane ... Marjorie Temple
Julian Rivero ... Tony
Edwin Maxwell ... Lyman Warren
Jason Robards Sr. ... John Drummond (as Jason Robards)
Francis McDonald ... Ray Ridpath - Henchman [Chs. 1-6]


Marjorie Temple, owner of a bus line and an apparently worthless plot of land, is set upon by rich oil speculators who know her land actually is worth millions. When they try to put her out of business for good, young race driver Burn 'em Up Barnes comes to her rescue - again and again and again. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Action | Adventure


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Release Date:

16 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barnes, el audaz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 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. See more »


Much ado about nothing. Much has been done to destroy Ridpath's confession when the District Attorney has already exonerated Barnes of the murder of Chase after seeing the film that Bobby took showing that Ridpath doing the killing. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits spin like a tire going around. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released under the same title and in the same year as a 68-minute feature version of the serial. See more »


Remake of Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1921) See more »

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Shows a unique time in film history.
10 April 2008 | by johnbmSee all my reviews

I first saw this Film Serial recently on the "Burnt Rubber" multi DVD pack. I was surprised at the level of excitement and action in this film. It has some pretty good fight scenes and the usual stunts that appear in vintage cliffhangers such as this. Plus you get to see a variety of vintage 1930's automobiles being pushed to their limits. I know these machines are a far cry from the pavement burning beasts of the 70's. But to see what Grandpa, for some people Great Grandpa and beyond, used to screech the tires in, from motorcycles to huge buses, is priceless. And for those interested in silent movie fare, Burn 'Em Up Barnes is a remake of a 1921 movie by the same title.

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