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Reginald Barker

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Scottish-born director Reginald Barker arrived in the US at age 10; five years later he made his first acting appearance in a suburban Los Angeles stock company. Hired as a general purpose actor by producer Thomas Ince in 1913, Barker soon worked his way up to assistant director. Ince was notorious for credit-grabbing, so it's difficult to determine how much uncredited work Barker did during his first few years with the producer. Barker was assigned to guide western star William S. Hart through his first major film On the Night Stage (1914), the success of which assured the young director future work on plum assignments. Most of his projects were red-blooded melodramas and westerns, though he occasionally dealt with humorous subjects, notably the 1920 Bunty Pulls the Strings (based on a stage hit imported from his native Scotland). In 1929, Barker was engaged by RKO to make the first sound version of Seven Keys to Baldpate; the film was designed as a testing ground for RKO's new sound-effects division, and served its purpose brilliantly. After Baldpate, however, Barker inexplicably fell from favor. His last assignments -- The Moonstone (1934), Women Must Dress (1935) et al. -- were for the "poverty row" Monogram studio.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Civil War Films of the Silent Era
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2002
No Score Yet The Healer
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The Moonstone
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1934
No Score Yet Seven Keys to Baldplate
  • Director
1929
No Score Yet Civilization
  • Director
1916
No Score Yet On the Night Stage
  • Director
1915
No Score Yet The Italian
  • Director
1915
No Score Yet The Coward
  • Director
1915
No Score Yet The Typhoon
  • Director
1914
No Score Yet The Bargain
  • Director
1914

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