Burn ‘Em Up Barnes
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.
Burn ‘Em Up Barnes is a 1934 American Pre-Code movie serial produced and distributed by Mascot Pictures, along with a feature version of the serial bearing the same title. It was a loose remake of the 1921 silent film of the same name.
Race-car driver “Burn-’em-Up” Barnes, adopts Bobbie Riley, the kid brother of his buddy George Riley, who was killed in a race. Barnes enters into a partnership in a bus transportation business with Marjorie Temple, whose life he saved in a battle with some gangsters. John Drummond, a scheming promoter, knows that land Marjorie has inherited lies atop valuable oil deposits and tries every method to wreck her business and force her to sell the land at a low price. Barnes takes desperate chances to raise money and keep Marjorie from losing her property in spite of the attempts made on his life.This, like most of the Mascot serials, is very visually interesting because of the many outdoor scenes that depict the L.A. area of the time.
Jack Mulhall as Burn-’em-Up Barnes, racing driver nicknamed the “King of the Dirt Track” and shortly the co-owner of the Temple Barnes Transportation school bus company
Frankie Darro as Bobbie Riley, Barnes’ kid sidekick and ward following his brother’s accidental death
Lola Lane as Marjorie Temple, owner of the Temple (later Temple Barnes) Transportation school bus company and land with a hidden wealth of oil
Julian Rivero as Tony, Marjorie’s bumbling Italian-accented mechanic
Edwin Maxwell as Lyman Warren
Jason Robards as John Drummond, crooked race promoter who knows that Marjorie’s land is really worth millions and will stop at nothing to get it
Francis McDonald as Ray Ridpath, villainous driver working for Drummond