7.2/10
57
4 user 4 critic

The Barker (1928)

A carnival barker wants his son to become a lawyer, but his son gets side-tracked into joining the carnival too.

Director:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Noose (1928)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A crook's ex-wife marries the state's governor, and the crook sees an opportunity to make some money by threatening to expose his wife's past if the governor doesn't pay him off. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Montagu Love, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Drag (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Lucien Littlefield, Kathrin Clare Ward
The Valiant (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After accidentally killing the key witness to a crime, a mysterious drifter turns himself to the law, under a false name intending to protect his own family. But when the news of his ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Paul Muni, Marguerite Churchill, Johnny Mack Brown
The Patriot (1928)
Drama

In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen. Pahlen wishes to protect his friend, the mad king, but because of the horror of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Emil Jannings, Lewis Stone, Florence Vidor
The Cop (1928)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Pete Smith, a lift bridge operator in a harbor, feels lonely in his cabin, his only visitor being a policeman on patrol, Sgt. Coughlin. One night, after hearing shots, Smith gives shelter ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crisp
Stars: William Boyd, Alan Hale, Jacqueline Logan
Condemned! (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Suave thief Colman is sent to Devil's Island, where he becomes romantically involved with the wife of sadistic warden Digges.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family. He is tasked with transporting $1,000 in ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Emil Jannings, Belle Bennett, Phyllis Haver
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.

Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Hal Roach
Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Catherine Dale Owen, Nance O'Neil
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of the romance between Emma, Lady Hamilton, and British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Howard Higgin
Stars: Phyllis Haver, Alan Hale, Fred Kohler
Madame X (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

Director: Lionel Barrymore
Stars: Lewis Stone, Ruth Chatterton, Raymond Hackett
Weary River (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A gangster is put in prison, but finds salvation through music while serving his time. Again on the outside, he finds success elusive and temptations abound.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, William Holden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... Nifty Miller
... Lou
... Carrie
... Chris Miller
Sylvia Ashton ... Ma Benson
... Hap Spissel
S.S. Simon ... Col. Gowdy
One-Eye Connelly
... Stuttering Spieler
Edit

Storyline

A carnival barker wants his son to become a lawyer, but his son gets side-tracked into joining the carnival too.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

90% TALKING HIT OF HITS - Greater than the stage show on which it is founded...with the complete dramatic dialogue---that you hear...every word of it! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 December 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det farende Folk  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (UCLA Film and Television Archive Print)

Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone) (talking sequences)| (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Vitaphone production reel #2794, Milton Sills talks to the audience and introduces costumed cast members. See more »

Connections

Version of Hoopla (1933) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hey Rube!
13 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Didn't think I would like this one as much as I did. I don't really care for circus/carnival movies, although I thoroughly enjoyed "Nightmare Alley" and didn't think it could be topped. So I was pleasantly surprised by "The Barker", an earthy, sweaty character study of a troupe of traveling 'carnys'.

An even bigger surprise was the towering performance of Milton Sills, a name I had only heard in movie reference books. His portrayal of Nifty Miller, a world-weary, morally unstable carnival barker nearly knocked me to the ground, to coin a phrase. His libidinous, self-indulgent world comes to a screeching halt with the arrival of his son,Chris, played by Douglas Fairbanks,Jr. who promptly falls in love with Bimbo-With-a-Heart Dorothy Mackaill. Naturally,complications arise but the whole movie comes to life when Sills, who as a reader above mentioned, looks like a slim Walter Matthau, is on the screen.

This is a very unusual film in that it is part sound and part silent. I found it jarring to go from 'talkie'to dialogue cards without warning but I have since learned that the UCLA film Dept. has restored this 'part-talkie', and that most others of this kind have been lost entirely. In fact, The last few feet of the film were lost and a still shot has been put in its place while the sound continues. Also, unless I miss my guess, that is Herman Mankiewicz himself, who has a writer credit on this film, playing a ukelele in the trio accompanying Betty Compson in her Hawaiian dance numbers. Could be a Hollywood 'inside joke'.

This one may be tough to come by but if you get the opportunity, don't miss it.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial