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One of the most familiar faces in British comedy, Barker got his start in show business during World War II, when he was part of the armed forces radio show Merry Go Round. After the war the show continued, though renamed The Waterlogged Spa, with Barker and his wife, Pearl Hackney (1918-2009). The show's success led to his starring in other radio shows, where he achieved a sizable following due to his versatility at doing voices. Though he'd been making films off and on since 1936, Barker didn't step before the cameras as a major character actor until 1957's Brothers In Law (for which he won a British Film Academy award), long after his radio fame had subsided. Typically, he was seen as a busybody sticking his nose in everyone's business, or as an authority figure coming to a sticky end.
Barker appeared in four "Carry On" films, Carry On Sergeant (1956), Carry On Constable (1960), Carry On Spying (1964) and Carry On Emmanuelle (1978). Some of the better-known films in which he was featured were The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960), Dentist in the Chair (1960), Heavens Above (1963), The Mouse on the Moon (1963), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (as a French postman, 1965), and There's a Girl in My Soup (1971).
This is a fine typed letter on headed notepaper (21st January 1948) in which Barker thanks a fan for a kind letter and gives him a contact address for the other cast members of Waterlogged Spa. There's a neat signature in blue fountain pen ink at the conclusion. One vertical and one horizontal correspondence fold. A few light creases and handling "dings" but in good overall condition.