The Winning of Barbara Worth

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The Winning of Barbara Worth
Poster - Winning of Barbara Worth, The 01 Crisco restoration.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry King
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by Frances Marion
Based on The Winning of Barbara Worth
by Harold Bell Wright
Music by Ted Henkel
Edited by Viola Lawrence
The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 14, 1926 (1926-10-14) (USA)
Running time
  • 89 minutes
  • 9 reels, 8,757 ft
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Winning of Barbara Worth is a 1926 American Western silent film directed by Henry King and starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, and Gary Cooper (replacing Monte Blue, busy with Ernst Lubitsch's So This Is Paris) in his first feature role.

Based on the novel The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright, the film is about an engineer who vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter while building an irrigation system for a Southern California desert community. The movie was filmed in California's Imperial Valley and in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.[1][2] The film is notable for the climactic flood sequence, depicting the 1905 formation of the Salton Sea.


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Earl, Phillip I. (Winter–Spring 1988). "The Story of the Making of The Winning of Barbara Worth". Humboldt Historian. Silents are Golden. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Winning of Barbara Worth". Silent Era. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

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