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Red Barry (1938)

Not Rated | | Action | 18 October 1938 (USA)
A famous detective sets out to discover who stole $2 million in bonds.

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Red Barry (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
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Wing Fu (as Syril Delevanti)
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Hugh Huntley ...
Valentine Vane
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William Ruhl ...
C.E. Mannix
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Petrov
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Igor (as Earle Douglas)
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Capt. Moy
Eric Wilton ...
Tubbs, Vane's Butler
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"Red Barry" was the 40th sound-era serial produced by Universal Pictures (followed "Flaming Frontiers" and preceded "Scouts To the Rescue"), and was based in the Will Gould comic strip distributed to newspapers by King Features Syndicated, Inc. It was the third of five serials from Universal starring Buster Crabbe, and while the plot only revolves around two million dollars in bonds and soon evolves into a game of "Bonds, Bonds, Who Has the Bonds?", it has so many groups, and their armies of henchmen, acquiring and re-acquiring the bonds that, in a chapter or two, the people who have the bonds don't appear to know they are the current holders. Wing Fu, brings the bonds to the USA to buy war planes for an unnamed county, and quickly loses them to Quong Lee, a Eurasian underworld chief, but they are re-taken in chapter two by Red Barry. Ballet dancer Natacha, representing a ruthless group of Russians, acquires them in chapter three, but Barry gets them back in chapter four. Hong Kong ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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bonds | russian | serial | trunk | disguise | See All (65) »

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That's Ace Detective Red Barry...hero of your favorite newspaper serial! He'll yank you from your seats with his death-defying daring! See more »

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18 October 1938 (USA)  »

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A Barreira Vermelha  »

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(13 episodes)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Not seen on TV over the last 50+ years, this 1938 serial was one of many Universal cliffhangers based on comic strip characters. It was shown in the early 1950s to the young TV viewing audience, but then it suddenly vanished, along with Ace Drummond (1936), Tim Tyler's Luck (1937), Radio Patrol (1937) and others. Except for the "Flash Gordon" trilogy (1936-40) and Buck Rogers (1939), also starring Buster Crabbe, these Saturday-matinee specials seemed to have dropped "off the radar", but thankfully have been revived for home video on VHS and now DVD. Fortunately in March of 2018 Turner Classic Movies started to show this serial.. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 1 "Millions for Defense", the steamship shown at sea is not the one depicted as leaving the dock in China. Note the differently-colored bridge area and the markings on the funnels. Yet another ship is shown docking in the U.S. that has three funnels vs. two from the previous ships. See more »

Quotes

Red Barry: How did you know it was a woman?
Hong Kong Cholly: Oh, smell of perfume. Hong Kong Cholly pretty good defective, yes?
Red Barry: Pretty good defective - only it doesn't help much.
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