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Reginald Barker


B: April 2, 1886 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

D: February 23, 1945 in Los Angeles, California

Reginald Barker moved to the United States with his family when he was 10 years old. The first years of filmmaking had already started and he grew up fascinated by the movies. By time he was 15 he had landed his first acting job with a suburban Los Angeles stock company. By time he was 27 he had acquired quite a bit of experience and was put on the payroll as a general purpose actor by producer Thomas Ince in 1913. Quickly gravitating towards the other side of the camera, he became an assistant director and by 1914 was ready for some fairly important assignments. For example he was responsible for directing western star William S. Hart through his first major film, On the Night Stage. The film was such a success, Barker was given more and more plum assignments. While many of his films were melodramas and westerns, he occasionally worked in comedy. In 1929, Barker was hired by RKO to make the first sound version of Seven Keys to Baldpate. Designed as a testing ground for RKO’s new sound-effects division the film served its purpose brilliantly. After this though he became less and less popular. From 1934’s Moonstone on he completed only a handful of films for the lowly Monogram Studio. At 49 years of age his career was over.

Features & TV Movies:
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City of Darkness (1914)
The Wrath of the Gods (1914)
The Typhoon (1914)
The Bargain (1914)
The Coward (1915)
The Devil (1915)
On The Night Stage (1915)
The Reward (1915)
The Man from Oregon (1915)
The Iron Strain (1915)
The Golden Claw (1915)
The Despoiler (1915)
Three of Many (1916)
The Conqueror (1916)
The Aryan (1916)
The Bugle Call (1916)
Shell 43 (1916)
The Criminal (1916)
Sweetheart of the Doomed (1917)
A Strange Transgressor (1917)
The Iced Bullet (1917)
Back of the Man (1917)
Happiness (1917)
Golden Rule Kate (1917)
The One Woman (1918)
Carmen of the Klondike (1918)
Madam Who (1918)
Shackled (1918)
The Turn of the Wheel (1918)
The Hell Cat (1918)
Shadows (1919)
The Brand (1919)
The Stronger Vow (1919)
The Crimson Gardenia (1919)
Flame of the Desert (1919)
Bonds of Love (1919)
The Girl from Outside (1919)

The Branding Iron (1920)
Dangerous Days (1920)
The Women and the Puppet (1920)
The Poverty of Riches (1921)
Bunty Pulls the Strings (1921-P)
Godless Men (1921)
Snowblind (1921)
The Old Nest (1921)
The Storm (1922)
Hearts Aflame (1923)
The Eternal Struggle (1923)
Pleasure Mad (1923)
Women Who Gave (1924)
Broken Barriers (1924)
The Dixie Handicap (1925)
The Great Divide (1925)
The White Desert (1925)
When the Door Opened (1925)
The Flaming Forest (1926)
The Frontiersman (1927)
Body and Soul (1927)
The Toilers (1928)
The Great Divide (1929)
The Rainbow (1929)
New Orleans (1929)
Mississippi Gambler (1929)
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)

Hide-Out (1930)
The Moonstone (1934)
Women Must Dress (1935)
Forbidden Heaven (1935)
The Healer (aka Little Pal, 1935)

On the Night Stage, movie, poster,