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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:
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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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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Barbara Worth: Your dream is coming true. The desert will bloom like a paradise.
Willard Holmes: You're wasting yourself here, Miss Worth - like an orchid in a bucket of sand.
Barbara Worth: You don't know the desert as I do. It's beautiful.
Willard Holmes: Beautiful perhaps for one moonlit night, but if you could see the big cities - if they could see you.
Barbara Worth: To redeem the desert - to make it all one garden - isn't that a fine thing to do?
Willard Holmes: But you don't belong here among these human cactus plants.
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A watery end, but not a wash out.
31 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Previous reviewers have covered the plot of this film, so i will limit myself to saying that it left me a little disappointed. I did not find the effects particularly impressive, especially when compared to "Noah's Ark". What I liked better were the scenes when the towns men are preparing to go on the rampage if their pay doesn't arrive; Barbara is particularly vulnerable when one of the bad guys takes a shine to her, however, all turns out well in the end. Having read oldblackandwhite's comments about how close we can get to experiencing these movies as a silent era audience would, I suspect that this will never be truly possible, as modern audiences simply don't have the life experiences of our predecessors. I find that when I have been to presentations of silents, the audience, by and large have gone to gawp at an old curiosity, rather than to enjoy a work of art. I pity the fools!!


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