The Barker
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The Barker
Based on the oft-filmed play by Kenyon Nicholson, The Barker represented the talking-picture debut of silent-screen favorite Milton Sills (the film itself is a part-talkie, containing 38 minutes' worth of dialogue). Sills is cast as Nifty Miller, veteran sideshow barker for a cheap carnival. Miller is determined that his young son Chris (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) will not follow in his footsteps but will instead attend law school. But Chris cannot help but be drawn to carnival life -- especially when he meets pretty "carney" Lou (Dorothy Mackaill). The film ran into some… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Betty Compson was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in this carnival-set melodrama"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"A fair-to-middlin' example of that transitional hybrid, the part-talkie."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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