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Cast overview:
Anthony Ballard / John Ballard
June Shelby
John Murdock
Fred Kohler ...
Sheriff Murdock
Guy Oliver ...
Mr. Shelby
Ray Hearn
John Ballard, Age 7
Marcia Manon ...
The Apron Woman


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Release Date:

23 June 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fibra de Herói  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) --- Lost Silent Western ?
1 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A western settlement of pioneer descendants is threatened with the loss of its water supply through the encroachments of nearby townspeople. Rancher John Ballard ( Jack Holt ) leads the settlers in their fight against a self-appointed committee consisting of corrupt politician John Murdock ( William Powell ) and his brother ( Fred Kohler ), a crooked sheriff, who are determined to acquire the water rights by force. Arrested when a rancher shot by Murdock dies, Ballard is temporarily banished. He returns, extracts a confession from Murdock, then shoots him when he tries to escape. After the ranchers have won back their water rights, a well-meaning mayor convinces them of the town's needs, offering to pay for the land. The ranchers sacrifice their homes and move on by covered-wagon train.

This 1928 western was produced by Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation and starred Jack Holt and William Powell. Tragically, it now remains a lost silent film.

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