Burn 'Em Up O'Connor


1h 10m 1939
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor

Brief Synopsis

A race car driver tries to solve a series of track-side murders before he's next.

Film Details

Also Known As
Skids
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Sports
Release Date
Jan 13, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Salute To The Gods by Sir Malcolm Campbell (New York, 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Race car builder P.G. Delano is determined to break speed records no matter how many of his drivers die in meet after meet. During a midget auto race, Delano watches driver Jerry O'Connor, a country hick with a mania for speed, and offers him a job driving in the big time. Jerry eagerly accepts the offer and falls in love with Delano's daughter Jane who gives him the cold shoulder. Ostracized by the other drivers because his carefree attitude does not match the morbid atmosphere generated by the apparent jinx that causes the crashes of Delano's drivers, one after the other, Jerry watches as drivers Jose "Rocks" Rivers, Hank Hogan and Lefty Simmons all meet their deaths. The team seems doomed until Jerry's slow witted friend Buddy Buttle discovers that Doc Heath, an old friend of Delano's, has been blinding the drivers by doping their drinks in revenge for the fact that Delano had encouraged the doctor's son to enter the racing game, thus leading to his death on the track. Although Buddy has prevented Jerry from drinking the deadly solution, Doc has soaked his goggles and helmet in it. Blinded when the solution is absorbed through his pores, Jerry drives blind. When Buddy realizes what has happened, he goes to the side of the track and signals Jerry with a whistle when he goes near a dangerous turn. Because the whistle was Buddy's old signal for "Go Left," Jerry is able to win the race. Finally, after saving Jane's father's business Jerry also wins her love.

Film Details

Also Known As
Skids
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Sports
Release Date
Jan 13, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Salute To The Gods by Sir Malcolm Campbell (New York, 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this picture was Skids. According to the Variety review, it was the first in M-G-M's new series of sport pictures. In the first sequence of the picture, Frank Whitbeck's voice is heard as the newsreel announcer. Whitbeck's distinctive voice was heard for many years as the narrator on trailers for M-G-M films.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1939

Released in United States 1939