|THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (director: Henry King; screenwriter: Rupert Hughes/from the novel by Harold Bell Wright/Frances Marion; cinematographers: Gregg Toland/George Barnes; editor: Viola Lawrence; music: Ted Henkel; cast: Gary Cooper (Abe Lee), Ronald Colman (Willard Holmes), Vilma Banky (Barbara Worth), Paul McAllister (The Seer), E.J. Ratcliffe (James Greenfield), Charles Lane (Jefferson Worth), Erwin Connelly (Pat Mooney), Clyde Cook (Tex); Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Goldwyn; MGM; 1926-silent)|
audiences in its day, mainly because of the
exciting climax flood sequence."
by Dennis Schwartz
tumultuous soap opera romancer about the building of a
dam on the Colorado River, whereby a heated romance
develops between rivals for the attractive eligible
local gal. In the desert (filmed in Nevada), the
step-daughter, Barbara Worth (Vilma Banky),
of a forthright landowner, Jefferson Worth (Charles
who was adopted by him when she was an orphan, is
romanced by her father's dependable ranch foreman Abe
Lee (Gary Cooper). Things change when the shady NYC
wealthy banker (E.J. Ratcliffe) loans
Mr. Worth money to partner with him on his ranch
communities needed dam project to irrigate the arid
land. The developer's foster child son, the dam
engineer Willard Holmes (Ronald Colman), works on the
dam and competes romantically for Barbara with the
wowed audiences in its day, mainly because of the
exciting climax flood sequence. The flood was caused
by the greedy developer only caring about his profits
and short-changing the building of the dam.
Unfortunately, the local ranchers blame Worth for
selling them out to the venal bankers, and vow to
lynch him unless he repairs the damage.
Henry King ("Carousel"/"Tender is the Night"/"Twelve
O'Clock High") bases the film on the best-seller by Harold
Bell Wright. Writers Frances Marion and
Rupert Hughes keep the romance part perking. Producer
Sam Goldwyn pumped a lot of money into this
project and it showed with excellent production
values. It's also the first credited film role of
Hollywood legend Gary Cooper.
REVIEWED ON 9/28/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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