theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George Fitzmaurice|
|Produced by||Al Rockett|
Richard A. Rowland
|Written by||Benjamin Glazer|
Herman J. Mankiewicz (titles)
|Based on||The Barker|
by Kenyon Nicholson
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
|Music by||Louis Silvers|
|Edited by||Stuart Heisler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|December 9, 1928|
|Language||English (Intertitles and talking scenes)|
The Barker is a 1928 part-talkie pre-Code romantic drama film produced and released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., acquired in September 1928. The film was directed by George Fitzmaurice and stars Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackaill, Betty Compson, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr..
The film is based on the Broadway play of the same name which opened at the Biltmore Theatre January 18, 1927 and ran until July 1927 for 221 performances. In the stage production Walter Huston was "Nifty" and a still relatively unknown Claudette Colbert was "Lou", played in the film by Dorothy Mackaill.
The film was adapted by Benjamin Glazer, Joseph Jackson and Herman J. Mankiewicz from the play by Kenyon Nicholson. The Barker is a part-talkie with talking sequences and sequences with synchronized musical scoring and sound effects.
The film tells the story of a woman (Dorothy Mackaill) who comes between a man (Milton Sills) and his estranged son (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). Sills is a carnival barker who is in love with a dancing girl and is ambitious to have his son, Fairbanks, become a lawyer. Fairbanks has other ideas and during his vacation he hops a freight, joins the carnival, and weds a dancing girl (Mackaill). Eventually, Fairbanks fulfills the ambition his father had for him.
- Betty Compson as Carrie
- Milton Sills as Nifty Miller
- Dorothy Mackaill as Lou
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Chris Miller
- Sylvia Ashton as Ma Benson
- George Cooper as Hap Spissel
- S. S. Simon as Col. Gowdy
- Tom Dugan as Stuttering Spieker
- Bobby Dunn as Hamburger concessionaire
- Pat Harmon as Heckler
- Bynunsky Hyman as Fire Eater
- Gladden James as Member of Hawaiian Trio
- Charles Sullivan as Man in audience
- Pat West as Bartender
Awards and honors
|1928||Academy Award||Nominated||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Betty Compson|
The Barker was remade as Hoop-La (1933) with Clara Bow and as Diamond Horseshoe (1945) with Betty Grable. Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu remade this film (without crediting the original) as A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) and again as Floating Weeds (1959).
- The Barker on Broadway at the Biltmore Hotel, Jan. 18 1927 to July 1927; IBDb.com
- The Barker at silentera.com
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, (1971)
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