Robert Harriot Barrat (July 10, 1889 – January 7, 1970) was an American stage, motion picture, and television character actor.
Born in New York City, Barrat made his theatrical debut in a stock company in Springfield, Massachusetts. He later acted on Broadway, where his credits include Lilly Turner (1932), Bulls, Bears and Asses (1931), This Is New York (1930), Judas (1928), The Lady Lies (1928), A Lady for a Night (1927), Marco Millions (1927), Chicago (1926), Kid Boots (1923), The Breaking Point (1923), The Unwritten Chapter (1920), The Crimson Alibi (1919), The Invisible Foe (1918), and Some One in the House (1918).He appeared in 150 films, some of which uncredited, in a Hollywood career that lasted four decades. He appeared in seven pictures with James Cagney during the 1930s. Two of his most noted roles were as the murder victim Archer Coe in Michael Curtiz's The Kennel Murder Case (1933) and as the treacherous Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy in the 1937 Academy Award winning film The Life of Emile Zola. He played several other historical characters as well, among them Davy Crockett in Man of Conquest, Zachary Taylor in Distant Drums, Abraham Lincoln in Trailin' West, Cornelius Van Horne in Canadian Pacific and General Douglas MacArthur twice, in They Were Expendable and American Guerrilla in the Philippines. He also appeared with the Marx Brothers in Go West (1940). By 1954, he had turned to television roles. His final acting appearance was in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1964.
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A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1930 and July 1934, before the Hollywood Production Code —the infamous Hays Code— was enforced.
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchhiker, hosted a continuation of the dramatic anthology series.
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Wilbur Post and his wife Carol move into a beautiful new home. When Wilbur takes a look in his new barn, he finds that the former owner left his horse behind. This horse is no ordinary horse . . . he ...
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Bronco is a Western series on ABC from 1958 through 1962. It was shown by the BBC in the United Kingdom. The program starred Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne, a former Confederate officer who wandered the Ol...
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Telephone Time is an American anthology drama series that aired on CBS in 1956, and on ABC from 1957 to 1958. The series features plays by John Nesbitt who hosted the first season. Frank C. Baxter hos...
Tall Man Riding
Still seeking revenge against ranch owner Tuck Ordway for publicly whipping him years earlier and breaking up his relationship with Ordway's daughter, cowboy Larry Madden plans to oust Ordway from his...
Denver and Rio Grande
Jim Vesser and his team of railroading men try to build a rail line through a mountain pass, while a group of less scrupulous construction workers sabotage the entire operation in the hopes that they ...
Falsely accused by the corrupt Governor Elden of Charleston of fencing stolen pirate booty, young Davey Crandall and friend Tom Botts buy passage on the ship of local buccaneer Bloodthirsty Ben. They ...
Darling, How Could You!
After spending five years in Panama, a couple of British parents get to know their children again.
After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety
Flight to Mars
Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.
The Kid from Texas
Billy the Kid becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his naivety to kill...
Riders of the Range
Out-of-work cowboys Kansas Jones and Chito Rafferty are offered jobs at pretty Dusty Willis' ranch after saving her from a beating by saloon owner Clint Burrows. Dusty's good-hearted but weak-willed b...
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout
It's 1848 and a wagon train with an Army escort is heading west through Indian territory, It's scout is Davy Crockett, nephew of his more famous namesake. There is spy amongst them informing the India...
American Guerrilla in the Philippines
American soldiers stranded in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion form guerrilla bands to fight back.
The Baron of Arizona
The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Ari...
The Doolins of Oklahoma
When the Daltons are killed at Coffeeville, gang member Bill Doolin arriving late escapes but kills a man. Now wanted for murder, he becomes the leader of the Doolin gang. He eventually leaves the gan...
The Lone Wolf And His Lady
Lone Wolf, a newspaper man, is accused of stealing gems.
Bad Men of Tombstone
A marshal goes up against a collection of vicious outlaws terrorizing his own.
Song of India
Jungle adventure drama about a young man and his wild animal friends attempting to thwart a government-approved hunting expedition.
A surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad must fight fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad by stirring up Indian rebellion.
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An American radio–television anthology series, created in 1947 by Canadian director Fletcher Markle, who came to CBS from the CBC.
Joan of Arc
In the 15th Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her t...
I Love Trouble
A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's mysterious past.
A man wrongly accused of murder tracks the true culprit across the desert.
Road to Rio
After accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus, two out of work musicians, Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton, went away on board a Rio bound ship. Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpec...
The Fabulous Texan
A couple of Confederate soldiers, returning home from the Civil War, find Texas transformed into an armed camp with a quasi-dictator gathering up land and power as fast as he can. The two former Rebel...
Strangler of the Swamp
A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man they hanged is seeking revenge on all of the male descendants of those responsible for his death....
Eight strangers meet in Shanghai to stake claims to the fortune of a late shipping magnate, then must evade a murderer in their midst.
The Time of Their Lives
Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence.
Just Before Dawn
In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken from a bottle in the patient's...
A young outlaw gets involved with a gang of crooks. When he tells them he is breaking away, they threaten to pin a false murder charge on him. But he is rescued and reformed by his sister, and an unde...
While packing her belongings in preparation of evacuating the White House because of the impending British invasion of Washington D.C., Dolly Payne Madison thinks back on her childhood, her first marr...
The Great John L.
Portrait of legendary fighter John L. Sullivan, aka "The Boston Strong Boy", and his meteoric rise to become the first gloved World Heavyweight Champion. But the famed boxer is no match for the two w...
Road to Utopia
Duke and Chester found a map to a secret gold mine, which had been stolen, while on a ship to Skagway, Alaska. In Alaska to recover her father's map, Sal Van Hoyden falls in with an individual who wan...
In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended int...
Rancher Clay Hardin arrives in San Antonio to search for and capture Roy Stuart, notorious leader of a gang of cattle rustlers. The vicious outlaw is indeed in the Texan town, intent on winning the af...
Wanderer of the Wasteland
In this western, a young cowboy rides out to avenge his father's killer. Eventually, he finds the scoundrel, but by this time opts not to kill him for the cowboy has fallen in love with the outlaw's n...
An eccentric wealthy man is murdered, and the police set out to find his killer.
They Were Expendable
After Pearl Harbor, a squadron of boats in the Philippines have to battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the boats and the...
An American pilot swears to get revenge on the German ace who shot his brother in this war movie set in war-torn Europe. Montgomery is the pilot. After he sees his brother die while trying to parachut...
They Came to Blow Up America
Based on a true incident that occurred in 1942 when nine Nazi saboteurs were put ashore on the coast of Long Island, New York, by submarine, with orders to blow up various defense installations.
A Stranger in Town
In the small town of Crownport, local attorney Bill Adams is attempting to break up the corrupt town officials by running for mayor. John Josephus Grant, a vacationing supreme court justice who is unk...
Johnny Come Lately
Cagney is a human dynamo as a drifter who helps save ailing Grace George from losing her newspaper. The pace is fast, and audiences of all ages will be pleased. The supporting cast, have all the small...
The Girl from Alaska
A would-be prospector becomes involved in a plot to deceive an old prospector of his cache, but falls in love with his daughter instead.
An Army sergeant's photographic memory puts him in conflict with a Nazi spy.
Richard Dix as Dan Taylor and Preston S. Foster as Paxton Bryce are two longtime friends seeking their fortune in Texas after the war. The two men decide, not without problems, to establish a cattle e...
Riders of the Purple Sage
Lassiter discovers the judge who cheated his neice of her inheritance leads a gang of bad guys posing as vigilantes. This 1941 Fox production stars a young George Kennedy as Lassiter.
They Met in Argentina
A Texas oil millionaire, after failing to secure oil lands in Argentina, seeks out a famous racehorse in Buenos Aires and orders his representative to buy the nag at any price. The representative, Tim...
Director Leslie Goodwins' 1941 military drama, about various men who become buddies when they join the paratroopers, stars Robert Preston, Edmond O'Brien and Buddy Ebsen.
When her father dies, a young girl helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.
The Man from Dakota
A frontier scout, a Boston officer and a Russian girl escape with a map past Confederates.
The film is based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name and tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian...
Handsome Laddie Stanton courts neighbor Pamela Pryor, meeting opposition from her stern military father, recently immigrated from England.
S, Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man. The Panello brothers steal all the money from Quentin Quale at the train station as he heads west to find his fortune. They're heading west because they...
Man of Conquest
The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.
When his well-meaning sidekick (Smiley Burnette) buys a cow farm instead of a cattle ranch, singing cowpoke Gene Autry prepares to embrace the dairy business. But with a corrupt association bent on dr...
American Steve Kendall, a freighter's radio officer, discovers seaman Carlson sending an unauthorized message ashore as the ship approaches his war-poised homeland. Carlson is shot in cold blood when ...
The Return of the Cisco Kid
In Arizona a young woman who's being manipulated by an evil businessman is helped by the Cisco Kid who happens to be there on holiday.
The Cisco Kid and the Lady
An orphan whose father has been killed by bandits inherits a mine. Cisco saves the mine and the child and also finds the child's real mother.
A sheriff and his posse set out to catch a murderer, but their mission proves more dangerous than anyone suspected after they become stranded in the desert and attacked by Apaches.
Heritage of the Desert
John Abbott returns to the desert land he owns, and after being wounded by hired gunman Chick Chance, he is befriended by rancher Andrew Naab and his son, Marvin. Naab's daughter, Marian, falls in lov...
South western Pennsylvania area of colonial America, 1760s. Colonial distaste and disapproval of the British government is starting to surface. Many local colonists have been killed by American Indian...
The Union Pacific Railroad can be pushed across the wilderness to California thanks to one of the last bills signed by President Lincoln. Asa Barrows is a financial opportunist who wants to make money...
Breaking the Ice
Breaking The Ice begins while Tommy Martin (Bobby Breen) and his mother, Martha Martin (Dolores Costello) say goodbye to Henry and Reuben Johnson ( John 'Dusty' King and Delmar Watson ). After having ...
Shadows Over Shanghai
A pilot carrying a valuable amulet is shot down over China by a ruthless Russian agent, who also wants the amulet.
In this youth-oriented western, a young man's father is wrongfully accused of murder. Unfortunately, his pa can't prove it and so flees into the rugged mountains. He brings his boy with him. In those ...
Charlie Chan in Honolulu
While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.
The Austrian princess Marie Antoinette is going to marry the future king of France in order to gain favor with the other countries. Marie is an avid flirt and indulges in various hobbies. The French p...
The War of 1812 began when a French pirate saved a girl.
After the Civil War, an ex-Confederate soldier faces new battles, including the elements and a carpetbagger intent on destroying him.
Breakdowns of 1938
This was one of the annual "blooper" reels screened by the Warners Club, an organization of Warners actors, crew and executives. It was meant to poke fun at the flubs and bloopers that occurred ont th...
Souls at Sea
Michael 'Nuggin' Taylor and Powdah save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about the slave trade on the high seas during 1842.
God's Country and the Woman
Hard-nosed Jefferson Russett runs a logging company; his brother, Steve, is the prodigal son. Steve becomes stranded on the competition's property and slowly learns the business and of his brother's d...
The Life of Emile Zola
Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.
The Bad Man of Brimstone
A ruthless outlaw becomes very protective of a prizefighter when he learns the young man is his own son. Western.
When a hard-working worker loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he becomes a member of the Black Legion, an organization that intimidates foreigners through violence.
Vera Kowalska is accused of killing concert pianist Michael Michailow. Vera's life was ruined a long time ago by Michael.
Love Is on the Air
A newscaster (Ronald Reagan) gets demoted for exposing the town's criminal activities over the airwaves.
After a mine cave in, the rescue crew risks their lives to search for two trapped miners.
Stalwart Appalachian woman finds romance as she struggles to better herself and her people amid prejudice and familial abuse.
I Married a Doctor
City girl marries country doctor, meets prejudice and exclusion when she tries to befriend the townspeople.
Sons o' Guns
Broadway star Jimmy Canfield stars in a patriotic show on the great white way during WWI. He plays the heroic soldier, but he is doesn't want to join the Army. To evade some troubles with fellow actre...
The Country Doctor
A doctor has a rough time obtaining the money for his services in a lumber town until he delivers quintuplets.
Mary of Scotland
The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.
A singing secret agent tracks down renegades at President Lincoln's request.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
In 1853, as the British and Russian empires compete to gain and maintain their place in the dreadful Great Game of political intrigues and alliances whose greatest prize is the domination of India and...
A reporter and his newspaper's attorney try to gather evidence that will put a notorious gangster behind bars.
The Last of the Mohicans
The story is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War, and concerns—in part—a Huron massacre (with passive French acquiescence) of between 500 to 1,500 Anglo-American t...
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
A well-established tale of a long-running feud between two mountain clans.
An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss"s neurotic wife.
A 1935 melodrama, set in San Francisco, starring Kay Francis as a travelers' aid worker who becomes involved with her clients' personal lives.
While the Patient Slept
A murder occurs when greedy relatives gather to await the demise of their wealthy and very ill family patriarch.
There is a doctor named Dr. Peter Blood, who was exiled from England after being convicted of treason, becomes a notorious pirate.
The Murder Man
Steve Grey, reporter for the Daily Star, has a habit of scooping all the other papers in town. When Henry Mander is investigated for the murder of his shady business partner, Grey is one step ahead of...
Moonlight on the Prairie
A singing medicine-show cowboy and his magician partner catch a killer.
Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Nick Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's organization...
Devil Dogs of the Air
Two Marine pilots vie for romance and glory.
The Florentine Dagger
A playwright descended from the Borgias becomes a murder suspect.
Dr. Socrates gave up his brilliant career as surgeon in a prominent hospital because his betrothed died under his knife. He is now a struggling doctor in a small town that has a gangster's hideout.
Fog Over Frisco
Val takes the assistance of a society reporter and a journalist to investigate the disappearance of her half-sister Arlene, a wealthy socialite who is involved in criminal activities.
Mike Lee's syndicate runs all the gambling joints in town and is least profitable. Lady Lee is the only way she knows to make a living, because her father Mike walked out under pressure to allow cheat...
I Sell Anything
Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?
Rodeo stunt rider Richard Barthelmess (as Joe "Chief" Thunder-Horse) thrills crowds at the Chicago "World's Fair" celebrating a century of progress in Native American Indian affairs. An assimilated Si...
Here Comes the Navy
A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.
Friends Of Mr. Sweeney
Asaph (Charles Ruggles) is a meek, mild-mannered homebody who occasionally shows some backbone to his prudish, overbearing boss, only to be beaten down again. With the encouragement of his secretary ...
Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love with Inez. W...
I Am a Thief
A man dodges jewel thieves while carrying a fortune in diamonds on the Orient Express.
The Dragon Murder Case
Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but onl...
A railroad tycoon, disillusioned with his marriage, starts seeing a showgirl. Things go agreeably until the woman's manager decides to blackmail the millionaire.
Prohibited from seeing her actor sweetheart Herman Brandt (Ricardo Cortez) by her tyrannical parents, sweet young Vienesse lass Mariette (Anita Louise) defies authority by regularly visiting Brandt's ...
A Very Honorable Guy
Well respected local good guy, "Feet" Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to an ambitio...
Big Hearted Herbert
After cantankerous and miserly Herbert Kalness insults his daughter's fiance and prospective in-laws at a dinner party, Mrs. Kalness devises a scheme to teach her husband a lesson in good manners.
An elderly woman provides an alibi to a man she scarcely knows who is on trial for murder of his girlfriend's racketeer father.
The St. Louis Kid
Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an act of sol...
Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie Marge leaves him. After a few years he returns, ...
Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial fo...
Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Eve...
One woman faces many trials on the road to romance after unwittingly marrying a bigamist, then a carnival's barker and then falling for a young engineer.
The Silk Express
As the demand for raw silk goes sky high, crooked businessman Wallace Myton corners the market with plans to drive up the price. Determined to fulfill his contracts, manufacturer Donald Kilgore import...
Ann Carver's Profession
Newlyweds experience marital problems when the wife's highly successful job as an attorney overshadows her husband's stagnant career.
I Loved a Woman
The son of a ruthless meatpacking king goes through a number of changes in ideals and motivations as he reluctantly inherits the mantle and falls in love.
The Life of Jimmy Dolan
A champion boxer has cultivated a wholesome image for himself, but he is a boozer and womanizer behind the scenes. Intoxicated at a party, he punches a reporter who threatens to expose his hypocrisy, ...
While waiting out World War I in a German POW camp, Captain Fred Allison discovers that his oldest and dearest friend Digby has also been captured and put into the same camp with him. Fred longs for ...
Heroes for Sale
Tom Holmes is someone guided by honesty and moral rectitude, a heroic veteran of the World War I marked by the unbearable suffering caused by his battle wounds, a traumatized but courageous man who wi...
Secret of the Blue Room
According to a legend, the mansion's "blue room" is cursed -- everyone who has ever spent the night in that room has met with an untimely end. The three suitors of the heroine wager that each can surv...
An ex-con uses his street smarts to become a successful photojournalist.
Wild Boys of the Road
At the height of the Great Depression, Eddie's father lost his job and Tommy's mother was out of work for months. The two high school sophomores decided to hop the freight trains and look for work bec...
King of the Jungle
A white youth who is raised in the jungle by the animals is captured by a safari and brought back to civilization as an attraction in a circus.
The Devil's in Love
The French Foreign Legion is the setting for this episodic adventure yarn. Victor Jory plays a Legion doctor falsely accused of murdering his commander over the love of Loretta Young. Jory escapes pro...
The Mayor of Hell
Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the admin...
A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.
When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.
The Kennel Murder Case
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
Just before his sudden death, a businessman accuses his son-in-law of embezzlement. His daughter is convinced of her fiancée's innocence and tries to clear his name and unmask the real villain and is ...
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