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The Vanishing Pioneer (1928)

A western settlement of pioneer descendants is threatened with the loss of its water supply through the encroachments of nearby townspeople. Rancher John Ballard leads the settlers in their... See full summary »

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John F. Goodrich (adaptation), Zane Grey (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Holt ... Anthony Ballard / John Ballard
Sally Blane ... June Shelby
William Powell ... John Murdock
Fred Kohler ... Sheriff Murdock
Guy Oliver ... Mr. Shelby
Roscoe Karns ... Ray Hearn
Tim Holt ... John Ballard, Age 7
Marcia Manon Marcia Manon ... The Apron Woman
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A western settlement of pioneer descendants is threatened with the loss of its water supply through the encroachments of nearby townspeople. Rancher John Ballard leads the settlers in their fight against a self-appointed committee consisting of corrupt politician John Murdock and his brother, 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. Written by Lloyd Purvis

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Welcome Back, Jack! See more »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

23 June 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fibra de Herói See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Vanishing Pioneer ( 1928 ) is a lost silent film. See more »

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The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) --- Lost Silent Western ?
1 July 2015 | by mpickfordfanSee 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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