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The Barker
(1928) American
B&W : Eight reels / 7870 feet
Directed by George Fitzmaurice

Cast: Milton Sills [Nifty Miller], Douglas Fairbanks Jr. [Chris Miller], George Cooper [Hap Spissel], John Erwin [Sailor West], S.S. Simon [Colonel Gowdy], Dorothy Mackaill [Lou], Betty Compson [Carrie], Sylvia Ashton [Ma Benson], Spec Connelly

First National Pictures, Incorporated, production; distributed by First National Pictures, Incorporated. / Produced by Al Rockett. Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, with dialogue by Joseph Jackson, from the adaptation by Benjamin Glazer of the play The Barker by Kenyon Nicholson. Costume design by Max Rée. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Intertitles by Herman J. Mankiewicz. Edited by Stuart Heisler. Music by Louis Silvers. Presented by Richard A. Rowland. / © 27 August 1928 by First National Pictures, Incorporated [LP25564]. Released 19 December 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. Western Electric Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system. / The production was originally shot as a silent, and was released in the USA in that version at 7137 feet. Four talking sequences were added after previews. Compson’s first talking film. / Silent film, with talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects.


Survival status: Print exists.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 16 November 2009.

References: Brownlow-Parade p. 292; Geduld-Birth p. 237; Sato-Currents p. 33; Vermilye-Twenties pp. 217-219 : Website-AFI.

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