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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Credited cast:
Barbara Worth
Abe Lee
Charles Lane ...
Jefferson Worth
Paul McAllister ...
The Seer
E.J. Ratcliffe ...
James Greenfield
Clyde Cook ...
Erwin Connelly ...
Pat Mooney
Ed Brady ...
Sammy Blum ...
Horace Blanton
Fred Esmelton ...
George Cartwright
Bill Patton ...
Little Rosebud (as William Patton)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Odel Conley ...
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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 <>

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Drama | Romance | Western






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14 October 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entfesselte Elemente  »

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At its premiere revival presentation at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on 11 May 1971, Vilma Bánky was a no show, but the only two other surviving members of the cast, Clyde Cook and Glen Walters were present in the audience, along with other film notables. The organ accompaniment on the DVD is that of Gaylord Carter actually recorded that evening during the presentation. See more »


Willard Holmes: [to Barbara] When the fight is won, I'm coming back for you!
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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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