After a stormy six=year marriage, Barnaby Powers divorces his wife Richmiel. She returns home, taking their young son Oliver with her. Barnaby follows her, to ask for custody of the boy, ... See full summary »
The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) --- Lost Silent Western ?
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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