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14 October 1926 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ronald Colman ... Willard Holmes

Vilma Bánky ... Barbara Worth

Gary Cooper ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Odel Conley ... Minor Role
Ray Cahill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Barbara Worth as a Child (uncredited)
Paul Koseris ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lawrence Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joey Olaeta ... Minor Role (uncredited)
W.H. Orton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Virgil Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Tall Flirty Woman at Dance (uncredited)
Edith Wells ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Wells ... Boy (uncredited)
Margaret Wells ... Girl (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Barber (uncredited)
P.H. Wolf ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Wycoffe ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lenore J. Coffee  uncredited
Rupert Hughes  titles
Frances Marion  adaptation
Harold Bell Wright  novel

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Ted Henkel 
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Gregg Toland 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Casting by
Robert McIntyre 
Art Direction by
Carl Oscar Borg  (as Karl Oscar Borg)
Art Department
Irving W. Sindler .... props (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Patton .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregg Toland .... assistant camera
Friend Baker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Other crew
L.A. Eshman .... company doctor (as Dr. L.A. Eshman)
Carleton E. Haviland .... construction superintendent
Louis King .... assistant to director
Edward Sowders .... assistant to director

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USA:89 min
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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 »
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Well-crafted, but thin, 19 January 2015
Author: redrkr from United States

A 1926 silent-era western. The Barbara in question is the adopted daughter of a western pioneer. His plan to irrigate his area from the Colorado river is picked up by a New York financier. One of my favorite actors, Ronald Colman is the engineer set to head up the project. He immediately becomes a love interest for Barbara. His main romantic adversary though, is Gary Cooper; a local hometown boy with unresolved feelings for the lady.

Everyone, however, is faced with a bigger problem. The corporate financier is playing hardball and cutting financial ties with the settlers. While I've always loved Colman, and always hated Cooper; that becomes less relevant being that this is a silent film. Acting is not the biggest conveyor in the storytelling. The film here was remarkably well-preserved; some of it shot in Nevada locations. Not a genre I will be investigating fully, but a fun one-off nonetheless.

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