The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)




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A very popular silent western, this film features two engineers vying for the affections of the adoptive daughter of a landowner. Barbara Worth (Vilma Banky) wants to help her father, Jefferson Worth (Charles Lane), build a dam on the Colorado River to help irrigate the desert land he owns. The elder Worth gets a loan from a New York banker, who brings with him his stepson, Willard Holmes (Ronald Colman), an engineer. Local engineer Abe Lee (Gary Cooper, in one of his first big roles) and Holmes both fall in love with Barbara. The banker cheats on materials for the dam as part of a shady deal. Jefferson Worth discovers the ruse and tries to finish the project himself, but he runs short of money to pay his hired hands. With the dam in jeopardy, the two rival engineers bury their differences and ride off on horses to get money to salvage the dam and save Worth, who is at the mercy of a lynch mob.


Ronald Colman
as Willard Holmes
Vilma Banky
as Barbara Worth
Gary Cooper
as Abe Lee
Charles Lane
as Jefferson Worth
E.J. Ratcliffe
as James Greenfield
Erwin Connelly
as Pat Mooney
Ed Brady
as McDonald
Fred Esmelton
as George Cartwright
William Patton
as Little Rosebud
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It wowed audiences in its day, mainly because of the exciting climax flood sequence.

Sep 30, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Mar 31, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Sep 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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