Burning Up (film)

Burning Up is a 1930 American Pre-Code action film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and written by Grover Jones and William Slavens McNutt. The film stars Richard Arlen as a racing driver and Mary Brian as his love interest, the daughter of a fellow driver.[1] An early talkie, the film also features motorcycle stunts, and also stars Francis McDonald, Sam Hardy, Charles Sellon, and Tully Marshall. The film was released on February 1, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.

Burning Up
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Screenplay byGrover Jones
William Slavens McNutt
StarringRichard Arlen
Mary Brian
Francis McDonald
Sam Hardy
Charles Sellon
Tully Marshall
Music byGerard Carbonara
Gene Lucas
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byRichard H. Digges Jr.
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1930 (1930-02-01)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was made in an effort by Paramount's Jesse L. Lasky to emulate the success of earlier racing films made by the late Wallace Reid, "emulating Wally's films almost exactly", and with director Allen Sigler having "filmed the racing scenes exactly as Wally's had been done".[2] One review described it as "the old racing-car scenario brought up to date with sound and talk".[3]




  1. John Douglas Eames, The Paramount story (1985), p. 75.
  2. E.J. Fleming, Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol (2013), p. 235.
  3. Outlook and Independent (1930), Vol. 154, p. 313.
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