WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH, THE
Eastern engineer Willard Holmes (Ronald Colman) goes West with his banker stepfather (E.J. Ratcliffe) to work on a dam and irrigation project for settlers in the California desert, including Jefferson Worth (Charles Lane) and his pretty adopted daughter Barbara (Vilma Bánky), with whom Holmes soon becomes smitten. But local boy Abe Lee (Gary Cooper) also takes an interest in Barbara. When Holmes' stepfather proves to be a liar and a cheat, he throws his lot in with the locals, but can he ever do enough to regain the trust — and the heart — of Barbara? Henry King's epic Western romance is a triumph of silent-era filmmaking, boasting beautiful vistas — with cinematography by one of the early greats, George Barnes, assisted by a 22-year-old Gregg Toland — and a top-notch cast, including young Cooper in one of his first big breaks. "Gary Cooper is a youth who will be heard of on screen and possibly blossom out as an ace lead." – Variety. DIR Henry King; SCR Frances Marion, from the novel by Harold Bell Wright; PROD Samuel Goldwyn. U.S., 1926, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED
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Archival 35mm print courtesy of The Library Trust under the Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust at the Academy Film Archive.
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