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This is the only known comprehensive biography of Jess Barker in existence. All other biographies of Jess Barker are either quite tiny, or just snippets of his impact on others at some particular point in their lives, without giving a comprehensive view of his life. This biography I hope will correct that.
|Olivia de Haviland, Jess Barker in 1945's|
|Jess Barker in 1943's|
"Good Luck Mr Yates"
Watch 1:30 minutes on YouTube
1943 "'Barker-Itis' Hits Columbia Stenos" - Hollywood, Feb 6 (AP) - "A few years ago, a strange malady struck the stenographers on the MGM lot. It was diagnosed as 'Gable ga-ga.' When the clerical workers begin talking about a new player, it's news. For they're usually pretty inured to masculine glamor. An actor is an actor. The disease has hit again. This time, it's struck the Columbia lot. They call it 'Barker-itis.' And the focal point of the attacks -- which take the form of popping eyes, faintness and increased heartbeat -- is one Jess Barker, from Greenville, S.C. Jess is new. He is very blond, six feet tall, 30 and single, and smiles a lot."
|Jess Barker, Olivia de Haviland in 1943's|
In Apr 1943, we learn that his first Hollywood picture is "Right Guy" co-starring with Claire Trevor. This movie was evidently re-named to "Good Luck, Mr Yates" and his role is named as Oliver Yates, perhaps the lead character. IMDb describes this movie as a war drama.
|Olivia de Haviland, Jess Barker, Agnes Moorehead, Sonny Tufts in 1943's|
Also that same year, he appeared opposite Olivia de Haviland in her starring role in "Government Girl", which also had a small part for Agnes Moorehead. IMDb describes this film as a comedy romance.
|Jess Barker in 1945's|
Scarlet Street (1945), law and order romance "Walter Wanger presents", produced and directed by Fritz Lang
starring Edward G Robinson, Joan Bennett
with Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Rosalind Ivan, Jess Barker (and others)
Watch "Scarlet Street" at this link on Archive.org or at this link on YouTube
|Jess Barker, and Susan Hayward get married|
"Jess Barker", IMDb
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