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The Barker

The Barker
theatrical release poster
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Produced by Al Rockett
Richard A. Rowland
Written by Benjamin Glazer
Joseph Jackson
Herman J. Mankiewicz (titles)
Based on The Barker 
by Kenyon Nicholson
Starring Milton Sills
Dorothy Mackaill
Betty Compson
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Edited by Stuart Heisler
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
December 9, 1928
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

The Barker is a 1928 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.[1]

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.[2][3]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Awards and honors 3
  • Preservation status 4
  • Remakes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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.


Awards and honors

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1930 Academy Award Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role Betty Compson

Preservation status

The film survives intact with its sound and has been preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.


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 in A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) and again in Floating Weeds (1959).


  1. ^ on Broadway at the Biltmore Hotel, Jan. 18 1927 to July 1927; IBDb.comThe Barker
  2. ^ at silentera.comThe Barker
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, (1971)

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