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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Barbara Worth
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Abe Lee
Charles Lane ...
Jefferson Worth
Paul McAllister ...
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E.J. Ratcliffe ...
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Clyde Cook ...
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Erwin Connelly ...
Pat Mooney
Ed Brady ...
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Sammy Blum ...
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Fred Esmelton ...
George Cartwright
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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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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 »

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Title card: [after a close-up of a dead horse lying in the sand] The withering kiss of the desert.
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About the music on the DVD
6 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is no mention of the source of the music, but Gaylord Carter played his improvised score for a special showing of The Winning of Barbara Worth on January 28, 1971, and it's a recording of that performance which turned up on the DVD. The instrument was a 36-rank Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. Henry King and Frances Goldwyn were in the audience and both spoke after the film. I was there. Mr. King described his search for a desert that looked like a desert, after finding the Mojave in bloom. He also recalled hearing Gaylord Carter play the organ at the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles in the 1920's, soon after Harold Lloyd recommended Gaylord for the job.


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