|Errol Flynn and Robert Barrat|
He is probably best known by name for his supporting role in Captain Blood, as Peter's friend and shipmate Wolverstone. He's also memorable as the suicidal Captain Von Ferring in Wonder Bar, as the scheming Major Esterhazy in The Life of Emile Zola, as Chingachgook in the 1936 The Last of the Mohicans, as Dawson, the Buffalo Bill-like Wild West showman in Richard Barthelmess' Massacre, as a deceitful Russian officer in The Charge of the Light Brigade, as Paul Muni's rival in Doctor Socrates. In William Wellman's Heroes for Sale, he portrayed a struggling inventor who achieves success and instantly flips from Communism to Facism -- a personification of the director's skepticism about political true believers.
|In The Life of Emile Zola|
In one year, 1938, he was a kindly rancher in Forbidden Valley, a brutal prison guard in Penitentiary, a revolutionary in Marie Antoinette, a Russian spy in Shadows Over Shanghai, a scheming post Civil War army officer in The Texans, and a murderous pirate in The Buccaneer. He was equally at home in costume drama, westerns, or in a modern urban scene. He could be funny or extremely menacing in any setting. Indeed, anyone fortunate enough to have seen the rarely shown
|In Lilly Turner with Ruth Chatterton|
He would occasionally get favorable mentions in film reviews, and his name was on the posters sometimes -- but he was basically the ultimate supporting player. Barrat literally made hundreds of films, and when television came along, he appeared on everything from Mister Ed to Alfred Hitchcock.
|In his later years|