The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

The Winning of Barbara Worth


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Her stepfather a key player in the building of the West, a gritty young woman gets romantically caught between two rival engineers who bitterly compete for her affections then work hand-in-hand when faced with a life-threatening crisis. Young Ronald Colman and Gary Cooper face off in this fascinating silent western.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Marion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2008



as Willard Holmes

as Barbara Worth

as Abe Lee

as Jefferson Worth

as James Greenfield

as Pat Mooney

as McDonald

as George Cartwright

as Little Rosebud

as Horace Blanton
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Critic Reviews for The Winning of Barbara Worth

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It wowed audiences in its day, mainly because of the exciting climax flood sequence.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gary Cooper, on his way to major stardom, plays a major role in this popular silent Western, directed by Henry King

Full Review… | March 31, 2012

Além de alçar Cooper à fama, este filme merece créditos por contar sua história de forma simples, mas eficiente, usando bons efeitos visuais pra provocar tensão no espectador.

September 29, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Winning of Barbara Worth


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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