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The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

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While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

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Willard Holmes
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Barbara Worth
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Abe Lee
Charles Lane ...
Jefferson Worth
Paul McAllister ...
The Seer
E.J. Ratcliffe ...
James Greenfield
Clyde Cook ...
Tex
Erwin Connelly ...
Pat Mooney
Ed Brady ...
McDonald
Sammy Blum ...
Horace Blanton
Fred Esmelton ...
George Cartwright
Bill Patton ...
Little Rosebud (as William Patton)
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Jefferson Worth finds an orphaned child in the desert and raises her as his daughter, Barbara. When grown, Barbara is beloved by Abe Lee, the foreman of her father's ranch and company. When a rich land developer arrives with plans to irrigate the desert, Worth joins forces with him. The developer's foster son, Willard, falls for Barbara and a rivalry develops between him and Abe. The river is dammed, but the developer swindles the ranchers and refuses to reinforce the weakening dam, as he no longer needs it. An angry mob turns on Worth, Willard and Abe come near confrontation over Barbara, and all the time, that dam is getting weaker.... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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14 October 1926 (USA)  »

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Willard Holmes: This hell-hole will never be anything but a graveyard! You could see it if your brains weren't fried!
Abe Lee: Maybe we ain't got the brains - maybe you ain't got the guts!
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Excellent late silent with fine production values
25 July 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Thanks to the kindness of an IMDB reader I was able to obtain a video copy of this rare silent and indeed it lives up to its reputation. Briskly told and quite well directed by Henry King, it is both beautiful to look at and excitingly engrossing.

Barbara (Vilma Banky) is a foundling brought up by Mr. Worth whose vision is to bring water to the desert through irrigation. Enter Ronald Colman as the dashing second in command of an entrepreneur, who intends to make this happen. Barbara is of course enamored of him but her childhood sweetheart, Gary Cooper, is wary.

The developer fires all of the workers once the work is done and refuses to reinforce the dam - all this foolishness to save money.

There is a dashing race to prevent a riot when Worth's payroll cannot be met and the inevitable flash flood which causes the river to rise, break through the dam and flood/destroy the town.

Cinematography is breathtaking with some exquisitely composed shots and beautiful use of light and shadow. The special effects are amazing for its time.

This is a special western and a special movie - it should be commercially released on video by a reputable firm using 35 mm nitrate materials which are known to still exist in pristine condition in the Goldwyn archives.

Seek this one out!


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