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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western , Romance
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Erwin Connelly
as Pat Mooney
Gary Cooper
as Abe Lee
Charles Lane
as Jefferson Worth
Ronald Colman
as Willard Holmes
Vilma Banky
as Barbara Worth
Ed Brady
as McDonald
Paul McAllister
as The Seer
Fred Esmelton
as George Cartwright
E.J. Ratcliffe
as James Greenfield
Sammy Blum
as Horace Blanton
William Patton
as Little Rosebud
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Critic Reviews for The Winning of Barbara Worth

All Critics (3)

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
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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.

Nik Browning
Nik Browning

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