Gary Cooper gives an "outstanding performance" (Variety) in his first credited feature-film role in this dazzling classic. "One of the most important late silents" (Los Angeles Times), The Winning of Barbara Worth "blends romance and drama most effectively" (Los Angeles Times) into a touching, exciting Western epic. Gorgeous young Barbara Worth wants one thing - to help her adoptive father turn their dusty desert town into farmland. But when a wealthy land developer is hired to build a dam and tap the Colorado River, Barbara finds herself the object of a rivalry between her close friend (Cooper) and the developers son. As the rivalry builds, the trio discovers that the town has been swindled and the new dam isn't reinforced, forcing the warring suitors to settle their differences in order to rescue the townspeople from a coming deluge.